Thailand suffered an earthquake on Monday that brought devastation to several buildings and roadways, killing an elderly woman and injuring dozens of people.
Officials say the quake, which occurred about 6 miles south of Mae Lao, measured about a 6.3 magnitude, but eyewitnesses said there were several aftershocks that caused significant damage. Because it was a relatively shallow disturbance–about 7.4 kilometers–there were quite a few buildings that took hits, including temple Wat Rongkhun.
“The spire of the main building came off and the tiles on the roof fell off,” the temple’s designer, Chalermchai Kositpiphat, said. “I still don’t know how we can sleep tonight. … It was shaking the whole time and then aftershocks followed four to five times.”
Kositpiphat says he’s not sure how long the damage will take to repair, and that many of the building’s murals were casualty to the quake.
“I don’t know how many years it will take me to fix it. It was shaking like the earth was going to explode,” he said.
At least one person is dead after the quake; an 83-year old woman reportedly died after her home collapsed, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.
— WaqaasM (@_Waqaas) May 6, 2014
One Killed, Several Dozen Injured in North Thailand Earthquake http://t.co/Ry8WsGz3pu
— Luciano Pieri (@PieriLuciano) May 6, 2014
Very strong shallow damaging earthquake close to Chiang Rai, Thailand – At least 1 dead and 32 injuries http://t.co/fKp2HIrj1A
— WendyKA (@WendyKA) May 6, 2014
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Southeast Asia is very volatile land, and Thailand has several faults running through it, some of which pose tsunami risks.
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