Very strong deadly earthquake close to Chiang Rai, Thailand – At least 1 dead and 32 injuries + huge number of aftershocks

Last update: May 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm by By

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Update May 14 :
Continuous and often strong aftershocks are terrorizing the people of Mae Lao and Chiang Rai.
A M5.0 aftershock on Monday caused a 3-storey apartment building to partly collapse. A girl was injured by falling debris. Many other houses showed additional cracks. Some people are so scared that they have decided to sleep under the open skies.


Update May 13 10:56 UTC:
The (probably) final numbers of damaged buildings were published. Affected are:
8509 houses, 99 temples,  46 schools, 33 government buildings, 7 churches, 6 companies, 5 roads, 4 bridges, 2 community buildings, 1 university, 1 hotel and 1 village plumbing system.

Update May 10 08:30 UTC:
A total of 46 homes were destroyed by Monday’s M 6.3 earthquake. At least 6142 others suffered damage. The damage from this quake was estimated to be larger tha 1 billion baht.

Update May 7 09:41 UTC: Tourism in Northern Thailand unaffected
Tourist attractions and upcoming events in the northern districts of Thailand have been largely unaffected by the recent earthquake in the province of Chiang Rai and while some of the region’s infrastructure has sustained damage from the tremor, it is business as normal for tourists coming to the region.

Update May 7 08:28 UTC: Repair work on roads
Highway Department engineers and workmen are rushing to repair the damaged section of highway which was broken by Monday evening’s strong earthquake here. Heavy construction machinery was moved in to repair Highway 118 Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai in Mae Lao district which was badly cracked and has subsided. It was expected that the work would complete and the road could be opened by tomorrow. (Source)

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Update May 7 08:16 UTC : 200 people treated for post-traumatic stress disorder
The Department of Mental Health has discovered that around 200 people in Chiang Rai were severely stressed after having been traumatized by the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the province on Monday, and some of them were at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder.

Update May 7 08:08 UTC : Almost 300 aftershocks so far
The Meteorological Department’s Seismological Bureau reported that a total of 274 aftershocks have been detected following the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Chiang Rai on Monday (May 5th).
Chiang Rai’s Phan district endured a second night of aftershocks. Seven of them were in the range of 5.0 and 5.9 and another 21 of them fell between 4.0 to 4.9. Sixty-six aftershocks had a magnitude of 3.0 to 3.9, and another 180 smaller aftershocks measured lower than 3.0 on the Richter scale.
The province’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) also said that around 54,000 residents in seven districts have been affected by the quake. Local civil engineering teams have been sent to inspect buildings and structures in quake-hit districts.


Update 23:36 UTC : 73 schools damaged in Chiang Rai district
73 schools in Chiang Rai district were damaged by the earthquake of 6.3 measurement on Monday. The cost of damage was estimated at over 152 million baht. Education Minister Jaturon Chaisaeng said after inspecting the quake-hit schools in Chiang Rai that five schools in Phan, Mae Lao and Mae Saui districts were badly damaged. A building of the Chiang Rai Primary Education Service Area 2 was also affected. The total 73 schools include 49 primary schools, 14 secondary schools, 10 vocational schools and one college. The schools’ agencies have already prepared budget for repairs but the badly damaged ones have to ask for more budget from the Cabinet.

Update 22:43 UTC : High rise buildings in Bangkok need inspection of structures
High-rise buildings in Bangkok constructed before 2007 are advised to have their structures inspected after Monday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Chiang Rai were also felt in Bangkok.
Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) president Suchatchawi Suwansawat’s advice came as that the epicentre of Monday’s earthquake in Chiang Rai was only seven kilometres deep and was  practically the most severe tremor  that has ever occurred in Thailand.
He called on state agencies and people in Phayao, Chiang Rai and Lampang – provinces located along the fault line responsible for the recent quake – to closely monitor the situation until the end of Wednesday.
With thunderstorms being rampant during this period, he also urged for structures situated on the hills to be checked and vigilance be exercised against landslides, in areas within a 50 kilometre radius of the epicenter in Phan district. (Source : courtesy http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/)

Update 22:32 UTC : Wat Rong Khun (White temple)
National artist and constructor of Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple Chalermchai Kositpipat said Tuesday that the temple is now beyond repair and may be left as a monument for the world to remember its past glory.
Ajarn Chalermchai expressed his deep regret for the damage caused by what he called “the nature” after the temple was again struck by two aftershocks following the major 6.3 magnitude quake at 6.08 p.m. Monday night.
He said at first he thought the temple could be repaired back to normal but the two aftershocks brought down his hope as it now was beyond his capability to bring it back to normal.

Update May 7 11:48 UTC :
Thailand Situation Update by The Tourism Authority of Thailand

The famous Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, sustained substantial damage and is also closed for repairs due to a big quake in Northern Thailand on the past Monday, 06 May 2014.
Other major tourist attractions in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang are not affected by the quake. Meanwhile, popular tourist destinations throughout Thailand, including in the central region, such as, Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samet and Ko Chang; and in the south of Thailand, such as, Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak (Phang-nga), Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao have not been affected by the quake. Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok and all other airports throughout Thailand, including the Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport are operating normally. All other modes of transportation, including rail, road and waterways are also operating normally.
For road travel, due to some cracks on roads & highways caused by the quake. Some of those have been closed to traffic.
Following the earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, there have been more than 100 aftershocks up until 07.00 hrs on yesterday according to Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

Image courtesy and copyright nationmultimedia.com

Image courtesy and copyright nationmultimedia.com – At ER we call it a miracle that there was only 1 fatality and 32 injured !


Update 15:37 UTC : A 4.7 aftershock has been reported a little while ago – This will go on for several weeks although the Magnitude will radually decrease BUT some big ones cannot be excluded ! This came in now : Chiang Rai Earthquake felt 20min ago. Desk was shaking & my drinks swapped forwards & backwards in the glass #Thailand #bangkok #earthquake

Update 14:57 UTC : @NickOlsen reports : 28 hours after the quake in Chiang Rai, the aftershocks are still going strong

Update 09:55 UTC : The Bangkok Post wrote a little earlier : Seven districts of Chiang Rai have been declared disaster-stricken areas to facilitate quick assistance for people affected by the earthquake that rocked the northern province on Monday evening.  The declaration in the wake of the quake of the 6.3 magnitude quake covers Phan, Mae Lao, Mae Suai, Wiang Chai, Muang Chiang Rai, Pa Daet and Phaya Mengrai districts. More than 3,500 houses, 10 temples, three schools, three hospitals, a hotel and a road were damaged there.

Update 09:40 UTC : CHIANGRAI, 6 May 2914 (NNT) – Chiang Rai province is urging all sectors to assist victims from the earthquake especially in Mae Lao district and Phan district. So far it’s known that four houses totally collapsed in Mae Lao district. Reports to date say no one was wounded nor died (this is in conflict with reports we have seen in the Thai press).
Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat who built Wat Rong Khun has surveyed the damage that resulted from the earthquake and this morning’s aftershocks. Wat Rong Khun cannot be opened for visitors. The top of the Stupa at Wat Rong Khun fell off. Wall paintings were torn away and roof tiles fell off. Ajarn Chalermchai said there won’t be any reconstruction of this temple since he is far too old.
Meanwhile, the Chiang Rai Governor asks all sectors to assist as a matter of urgency and give aid to the victims. Moreover, Phan district has been declared a disaster area since it is situated at the quake’s epicenter.

Wat Rong Khun temple before the earthquake - Source Wikipedia

Wat Rong Khun temple before the earthquake – Source Wikipedia

Update 07:00 UTC : The map below shows the distribution of the strongest aftershocks. The last M5 was at an equal distance from the epicenter than Chiang Rai, but in the opposite direction. Our warning from yesterday is becoming reality. A shallow M5 can further damage houses and infrastructure!
- The number of wounded has in the meantime increased to 32

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Important Update May 6, 04:30 UTC : Officials confirmed the death of at least one woman (83) from Mae Lao district, which was hit by a collapsing wall. At least 30 other people were injured.


Update 21:44 UTC : Below a recent aftershock measuring M4.4 at a depth of 13 km which sparked a readers peak. The colors are the shaking intensities. Red square is the 4.4 aftershock. The biggest blue square the mainshock and the smallest blue another 4.4 aftershock
Warning for Chiang Rai and for Mae Lao : The image below is also very good to see the distribution of the epicenters. Aftershocks can hit in a 0 to 50 km radius or even more. Both cities are within this radius and in case of a strong to very strong one, people should at all times be prepared.

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Update 21:20 UTC : A new aftershock has just been reported from the epicenter area

Update 20:41 UTC : A security video from a Buddhist temple shows a) the serenity of the young monks and b) what happens when the shaking starts

Update 18:35 UTC : This evening, many families in Chiang Rai are sleeping outdoors due to many aftershocks

Image courtesy and copyright @beeris5804 via @RichardBarrow

Image courtesy and copyright @beeris5804 via @RichardBarrow

A reader wrote :
Heard loud noises like construction piling and thunder  which got louder, followed by severe to violent shaking of the building, glass doors and curtains, lasting over 60 secs. Several aftershocks felt for the next 5 hours.

Update 17:10 UTC : Hard to believe that nobody got hurt during this earthquake when we look at the dame – Only 1 stone on somebody’s head can be fatal. May we be a little unsure about this NO injuries ! We will continue to look around the following hours to see whether we can keep the No injuries / No fatalities situation which we have now.

Image courtesy and copyright banidea.com

Image courtesy and copyright banidea.com

Update 16:49 UTC : We are happy that we have still no reports about injured people. Damage is hard to accept but can be repaired. Injured people  or loss of live on the other hand is much harder to deal with. We had to delete the video because it restarted automatically after the refresh of the page. Click here to view it.

Update 15:01 UTC : The Thai Press is talking about the biggest Earthquake with an epicenter in Thailand since 100 years. We think they are wrong. Except for a very cruel one in 460 we could not find any other in the NOAA catalog since then, this makes the M6.0 to be the BIGGEST EARTHQUAKE SINCE 1554 YEARS ! (see also NOAA table with historic earthquakes below. Neighboring Myanmar had some bigger ones, but these epicenters were all across the border. Especially the Tashileik earthquake (Yellow encircled on the map) who occurred in 2011 was just across the border and maybe part of the same fault lines (has to be confirmed by scientists). That 2011 earthquake had sadly enough 75 fatalities. Many houses collapsed in Myanmar and more than 10,000 houses were damaged!
Update = After writing this update we found the following in the local press which we were not aware off as this quake wasn’t listed in the international NOAA catalog : Penneung (Asian Institute of Technology seismological expert Dr Penneung Wanitchai) said the quake, which damaged several properties, was the largest in Thailand since 1935, when a 6.5-magnitude quake hit Nan province and an area near the Lao border.

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Update 15:01 UTC : The 2 YouTube videos below are telling us a lot about what happened.
* The supermarket video shows total chaos to get out of the building while the shaking was going on. With 0.5 Magnitude more you won’t be able to run away (to be compared with Beaufort 7 on a ship = running impossible) – This running away may lead to even more chaos + a lot of injuries.
* The parking lot video shows us in essence that the shaking lasted only a very short time and this is the main reason what we call until now a “lucky escape (no injuries or fatalities yet)” – Long strong shaking (30 seconds or more) makes many more houses and buildings to collapse !

Update 14:35 UTC : The earthquake occurred close to the border of Myanmar and we have some preliminary reports that damage was also recorded in Myanmar. Tashileik is a city closest to the epicenter in Myanmar. Doi Pha Hom Pok and Haui Nam Dang National Park are National Parks in Thaland to the west of the epicenter but still within what we see as a potential damaging area. The tallest peak is Doi Pha Hom Pok at 2,285 meters the third highest in Thailand. This indicates at the same time that the risk for damaging/injuring landslides in the area is a reality. The Park has some thermal spring confirming the activity in the underground.

Image courtesy and copyright discoverythailand.com

Landscape in the earthquake hit area – Image courtesy and copyright discoverythailand.com

Update 14:25 UTC : Thai sources are reporting that this earthquake was the strongest they had during the last 100 years!

Update 14:08 UTC : The Airport of Chiang Rai is functioning again like nothing happened. What with an eventual strong aftershock while a plane is lifting or landing? Has anyone looked into this risk ? This was a major earthquake at very close distance from an important airport! A very strong  aftershock is a real possibility as the ground layers have to find a new balance !

Image courtesy and copyright @LucianaCiolfi

Image courtesy and copyright @LucianaCiolfi

Update 13:52 UTC : It is currently 20:52 in Thailand. The evening and night will be an additional backlash for SAR (Search and Rescue) teams and Civil Defense personnel.

Update 13:47 UTC : It was in the north part though .. in Chiang Rai, Thailand .. but lots of roads damaged and houses/buildings fallen - This does not look comforting at all – we are still looking for news of eventual injuries. When we get it (hope we dont find it) we will write it in an update

Update 13:30 UTC : A reader of wiangpapao just wrote : 2 hours later still have some aftershocks

Update 13:19 UTC : We have found out that the Chiang Rai hospital has been damaged also (mainly cracks in walls). Useless to say that there where widespread blackouts

Update 12:53 UTC : People in the epicenter area are reporting a lot of aftershocks

Update 12:45 UTC : Reports which we received from our own readers and from close to the epicenter. Mixed reports which are due to the house or office they are living in and also the underground of their houses. We truly thank our readers for sharing their experiences with our readers.

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Update 12:45 UTC : reports of fallen ceilings in Chiang Rai Airport and in residential houses

Update 12:26 UTC : So far only images and reports of a lot of damage (will run into the millions of $). No word of any injuries or even worse fatalities so far.

Update 12:19 UTC : On some places the ground has been ruptured totally as can be seen here on the Facebook photo from https://www.facebook.com/stephendarby77?fref=photo (the way to his house !)

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Important Update 12:08 UTC : Based on the USGS data, Max Wyss who is specialized in the theoretical calculation of possible fatalities / injured, he reports that ESTIMATE OF HUMAN LOSSES = Injured Exp. min/max: 300/2000 and Fatalities Exp. min/max: 100/600.

Update 12:04 UTC : The picture below (courtesy Twitter account @Mtjunerr) shows what we mentioned a little earlier. It will certainly be the first one in a series of many.

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Update 12:02 UTC : Some experience reports are being send in from Myanmar, but we believe (100% sure) that it will have been felt also in neighboring China (Yunnan) and Laos.

Update 11:57 UTC : The historic earthquake list for Thailand is giving us hope.

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Update 11:45 UTC : What we expected has been confirmed. This earthquake is a dangerous strike/slip earthquake where the main movement of the ground is horizontal. Houses who are not build with an earthquake resistance have a hard time to survive in the epicenter area.  The movement can either be from the North-West to the South-East or or from the South-West to the North-East (white plane to the orange planes)

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Update 11:38 UTC : At ER we think that the shaking values in the (theoretical) USGS tables below are a little exaggerated based on the testimonies we receive from Chiang Rai (about 1 point)

Data source : GDACS

Data source : GDACS

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Update 11:34 UTC : Earthquake-report.com reader messages are giving us hope that the damage will not be widespread as a number of people living in Chiang Rai are telling us that they had NO damage + the MMI values they are telling us are confirming this hope : Max. strong shaking

Update 11:29 UTC : Earthquake-report.com does expect certainly a lot of damage and even injuries based on the current seismological data.

Update 11:28 UTC : Good News AND Very bad news : The preliminary Magnitude has been decreased by USGS to M6.0 BUT the depth has now been set at only 7 km. That is exstremely shallow and makes this earthquake much more dangerous !

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Update 11:20 UTC : Following EMSC is the epicenter at only 11 km from Chiang Rai !

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356 km NW of Vientiane, Laos / pop: 196,731 / local time: 18:08:47.0 2014-05-05
11 km S of Chiang Rai, Thailand / pop: 78,756 / local time: 18:08:47.0 2014-05-05

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-05-05 18:08:47

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-05-05 11:08:47

Depth (Hypocenter) : 2 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Thailand May 05 21:17 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Chiang Rai - AFTERSHOCKS - 4am - 10 hours after initial quake - aftershocks continue - light shaking.
  • Amphur Muang phan - Schade glaswerk
  • Ambur Fang - Since morning 6/5/14, three rumbling noise assembling moving of a huge earth pieces can be heard and felt the earth vibrated. Even not as violent as one yesterday 6pm.
  • Chiang Mai - Two events about aminute apart and each lasting 15 to 30 second. Shaking and and "undulating" feeling. Danage: Cracks in walls ... Flat Pathways: now uneven
  • Wiang Chai Chiang Rai - Woke up to the bedroom shaking lights swinging not to bad but enough to wake me up very quickly, thought it was the idiot next door to me with his 20 ton digger getting something wrong, but not!
  • EMSC Thailand May 05 21:17 4.5 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Mae Lao, Thailand May 05 21:17 4.4 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Ban Huai San - Op 5Mei J.L S'Avonds 18.08 Thai-tijd,was ik in onze woning,met mijn Laptop bezig,toen ik plotseling een grommen hoorde,kort daarop een vibreren van de aarde,ogenblikkelijk gevolgd van een hevig schudden,zodat ik werkelijk dacht, ons huis stort in.Ik heb meteen realiseerd,aardbeven, en heb de hoofdschakelaar van het stroom,die ik haast in handbereik heb,uigeschakeld,het stoelkussen op mijn Laptop gesmeten,en toen rennen,rennen,om in het vrije te komen.(In tijd uitgedrukt5.sec)
  • EMSC Thailand May 05 19:12 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Thailand May 05 19:12 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Thailand May 05 13:34 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Thailand May 05 13:34 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Mae Lao, Thailand May 05 13:34 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Thailand May 05 11:08 6.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Chiang Mai - lasted 20 to 30 seconds .. then happened again less
  • chiang mai - no property damage just moderate shaking like on a small, still boat hit by large waves. lasted maybe 10-20 seconds. didn't realize what it was until it was over. very slowy and gentle rocking like someone shaking you to wake you up.
  • Chiangmai - Felt light quake at around 6 pm
  • Chiang Mai - things fell off some shelves..lasted about 6 seconds
  • peang luang - The building shaking. Lampost shaking obviously. Can feel the road crawling.
  • Chiang Mai - Rolling quake lasting slightly over 1 minute at 18:10 hrs Bangkok time. Slightly less violent than the Sylmar quake felt 30 miles away. 1 aftershock just felt, 18:20
  • Mae Sariang, Mae Hon Song - it wasn't strong but we felt it.
  • CIANGMAI, NORTHERN THAILAD - NO DAMAGE. AT FIRST JUST A HINT OF A QUAKE. THEN A MEDIUM JOLT WHICH LASTED 3 OR 4 SECONDS. i AM FROM CALIFORNIA SO I AM USED T THESE.
  • Chiang Mai - At 18:09 approx local time ...
  • San Sai. Chiang Mai - 18:18 local time. No damages, car alarms went on, lasted for about 7 to 9 seconds.
  • ban sai moon - no dammage
  • chiang mai - moderate shaking of the building, it is a new 6 story apartment. no visible damage
  • Bangkok - Was on the 24th floor of the hotel, and everyone in the lounge felt the shake.
  • CHIANGMAI - STRONG BANGING NOISE, TWO TREMORS ABOUT 10 SEC. APART, TWO-STORY HOUSE VISIBLE SHAKING
  • Chiang Mai - No damage but the house was shaking back and forth for about 30 secs
  • chiang mai - Building was shaking in the old city and people were moving out to the street. Nothing falling but the shake lasted a good 10 seconds or so. Very gentle to start then a series of good shakes followed by some gentle swaying. Shop signs were swinging.
  • phitsanulok - I at 2nd floor and felt shaking around 10-15 sec.
  • Fang, Chiang Mai - I heard a rumble like thunder and then the house began to vibrate. Next the ground started swaying back and forth and continued for about ten seconds. A few minutes later, the ground swayed again. I felt two after shocks.
  • Chiang Mai - 14 floor condo shaking gently at first, then stronger. Not enough to knock glass bottle over. Around ~1 minute altogether.
  • Chiang Mai - made our motor scooter shimmy about 3 ft.
  • Doi Saket - 18.00 pm
  • Lamphun - no damage.... felt like two separate quakes.
  • Bangkok - On the 24th floor of building in downtown Bangkok. Felt the building move and door and curtain were moving around us.
  • Pai - Windows and doors shaking very briefly
  • bangkok - The chandeliers were shaking and u could tell the ground was moving left and right. If you went out to the balcony and put your hand on the rim you could see it moving. We had headaches. The strongest earthquake i've ever felt, 17 storeys high .
  • Bangkok - light shaking for several seconds.
  • Chiangmai - Light tremor inside house for about 3-5 seconds
  • Chiang Mai - The beds were shaking and people ran out to the streets.
  • Pai - No damage, shaking of bamboo hut and waves in the water of a pond
  • Lampang - Very strong shaking but nothing move or fell from table
  • Muang Nan - Felt the bed shake, did not know what it was, lasted around 10 seconds.
  • Bangkok - In my hotel room and suddenly the all room was shaking for about 10 seconds at 6:10/6:15 pm Thai local time
  • Doi Saket - No breakdowns
  • Yangon - Our office (8 storey building) was gently swaying at about 5.40 pm, local time. no damage that I am aware of
  • Chiang Kham - I felt my whole house shake strongly. However my house is on stilts so it might have made it seem much more dramatic than it was. I was worried the house would collapse so I ran out. Felt a smaller wave several minutes later.
  • Bangkok - Been it lots of quakes. Not strong in BKK but unmistakable. 20-30 seconds (on 32nd floor. 3 people in different rooms all felt it about 18:20
  • bangkok - building swaying approx. 1 minute
  • Song, Phrae - No damage, gentle shaking for almost 2 minutes. One brief aftershock about 18.15 or so for 10-15 seconds.
  • Bangkok - Light shake for 3 seconds felt in the hotel on 27 th floor
  • Sunsai - Waves in the pond, no damage
  • Bangkok - I felt the room sway for a bit. I looked out my window and my friend was looking out as well, and he asked if i felt it. I wasn't sure if it was just me.
  • Baan Du (Chiang Rai) - Loud rumbling followed by about 15 seconds of shaking. Many aftershocks still following at least every couple of minutes.
  • Chiang mai - No damage to property, floor was shaking and moving quiet strong, for about 20 sec, like a boat on a wavy sea
  • Chiang Mai - longish shaking
  • Chiangmai - No damage. Pool lost some water
  • Bangkok - On the 15th floor. I felt the building sway and water was moving side to side in the fridge. This was felt around 6.20.
  • chiang mai - scary
  • Bangkok - 18th story building, blinds and curtains moving, lasted a good 30 seconds+
  • Maesot - I felt shaking on my chair twice. No building damage
  • Chiang Mai - secousse d'environ 10 à 20 secondes en deux périodes espacées de quelques secondes... effet de glissement latéral des habitations.
  • Chiang Mai - effet de glissement latéral des habitations... deux secousses d'une dizaine de secondes chacune, espacée de quelques secousses... pas de dégâts matériels.
  • mae sai - just one shake lasting about one minute. No after shocks. Happened 30 minutes ago.
  • Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai - Heavy wooden sculpture could be seen shaking north-south about 2-3 inches for about 20-30 seconds. No damage.
  • Chaiphrakan - The water of the swimminpool ex it from the edges
  • Chiang Mai - For About 30 seconds severe shaking but no. daagde, a real strange experience, everything was moving but it was moving with me, not. around me, very strange. No damage.
  • Chiang Mai - Very scary for me. Have felt tremors before.
  • Chiang Mai - Geen zichtbare schade, derde verdieping van pand danste rustig rond..amplitude ca. 25 cm
  • Chiang Mai - this was my first earthquake, it was quite amazing. I was behind my laptop when all of a sudden, the ground started shaking, and books fell off my shelves.
  • Chiang Mai - Porcelain jars fell over, one broke. Many items shifted around. On fifth floor of building next to the river close to downtown, frightening.
  • Lampang - 610pm. Lying on bed and bed shakes violently. Thought Pope JP2 or Benedict sent the devil to shake my bed.
  • Chiang Mai - I was awaken from my afternoon nap because the entire bed was shaking.
  • Pai - House was shaking, power lines swinging.
  • Chiang moi, chiang mai - Shook for 10 to 20 seconds, one broken bottle and a broken glass.
  • Chiang Mai - Derde verdieping danste langzaam en rustig, amplitude ca. 10 cm.
  • Bangkok - I am in condo 27th floor. I felt like vomiting, spinning. Chandelier moving, curtain moving.
  • Maesot - The chair I was sitting on was shaking
  • Chiang Mai - 10 seconds…significant shaking, expected cracks but in the end no damage found.
  • Chiang Mai - at first I thought there was an animal on the roof, because of the noise. Then the windows started shaking and the whole building swayed slightly. So I ran outside, 20 seconds later another one came when I was sitting down, a wave like sensation rippled through the whole garden and the plants shaking, birds screaming and the building trembling.
  • Bangkok - on the 25th floor felt swaying more than shaking. heard the hangers on the clothes drying rack clanking together 20+ sec.
  • San Phranet, San Sai, Chiang Mai - No damage, but the whole building was shaking, all the furniture and tables. For about 5-10 seconds (hard to tell). But my two cats were sleeping outside like nothing happened.
  • chiang mai - Shook building pretty good for about 2 min
  • Chiang Mai - Only a small shaking that lasted a few minutes. Sofa and some furniture was shaking but other than that, we had no problems.
  • Bangkok - Im on the 23rd floor of the building so i really felt the shaking and in fact heard the creaking sound of oneof the bedroom doors. Probably lasted about 30 secods. Scary, as all earthquakes are
  • Chiang Mai - It was shaking at 6.10 pm today and can feel very strong.
  • phayao - secousse de 20 secondes environ
  • Chiang Mai - On the hotel 3rd floor. Felt 2 separate shakings, the 2nd one stronger. Electricity went down for 2 seconds.
  • Huay xai - No damages. Wifi works fine. Shaking bed and curtains etc for 10 seconds.
  • Chiang Mai - Sounded like thunder. Then noticed room shaking slightly for about 20 seconds or so. The shaking and noise woke her from her sleep.
  • Mae Sot, Thailand - no damage - just felt like I was being rocked a little while lying in bed :)
  • Chiang Mai - Just got out of the shower: wet marble floor, landed on my mid-spine.Looked up on the internet. 6.0 or so. Hope it's not a before-quake. Ouch.
  • Chiang Mai - It shook so hard that I wake up
  • Mae Chan - For about 30 sec the house was shaking, no damage. People in village are not alarmed, they say it was a small one.
  • Chiangmai - whole street ran outside, cars swaying, some broken pottery. scary. thankfully it is quiet now.
  • Chiang mai - Around 6:09pm, more than 30 sec, it's first experience of strong earthquake never before
  • hang dong - 10 15 seconds , then repeated . house shook computer monitor cables came loose.
  • Chiang Mai - It swayed the building enough to have furniture inside the apartment move around. No visible damages discovered so far. 5 May 2014 - 17:05hrs
  • lamphun - House rattled a bit
  • Maechan - Het begon met een paar lichtere schokken spoedig daarop gevolgd door het zicht op een huis dat om je heen aan een dansje besig is. Om 18.00 uur, een paar redelijke naschokken daarna lijkt het over te zijn
  • Bangkok - Apartment on 21st floor of (32 floor) high rise rocked to and fro. Hanging light fixtures and clothing swayed for about two minutes. No damage in apartment.
  • Chiang Mai - Ground was swaying, moved my tables apart, I could even see the windows trembling but no damage. Overall lasted about 30 seconds, 2 strong jolts
  • Mae Ai - Uma forte explosão e depois um tremor forte. O primeiro tremor deve ter durado uns 20 segundos, tudo tremeu. O segundo tremor veio uns 6 minutos depois, mas já menor. A terra continuou balançando levemente por alguns minutos.
  • Chiangmai - no damaged
  • Phaoyao - Felt shaking, could hear window rattle, walked out of the house ASAP, live in phaoyao t
  • Bangkok - 16th floor swaying curtains about 6 inches and rocking of bed moving for 3 seconds- staff on the ground floor didnt feel it. Got dressed quick but all is well
  • uttaradit - no damage, chair moved back and forth and the floor swayed. Lasted about 5 seconds
  • Bangkok - Live on 15th floor of steel reinforced concrete building. Felt a movement from NE to SW and it seemed to last in excess of 30-40 seconds. No damage.
  • Chiang Mai - Moderate shaking lasting about 6 seconds. Some items fell of shelf. I would say the shake was north-south. Trees and electric poles shaking
  • CHIANG Mai - Shaking of Windows & objects in house, my wife was indoors and had noticeable experience. I was in garden with dogs and thought I was having dizzy spell - notable ground movement. Caused a swell in the swimming pool with water coming over sides.
  • Hang Dong Chiang mai - I felt my bed shaking and when i stood up i felt the ground shaking.
  • Bangkok - I live on 18th floor. I heard a 'crack' noise and then felt whole building oscillate. Curtains and light fittings moving quite a bit. Last around 30 seconds. Scary!!
  • Bangkok - Staying on the 26th floor. My crystal chandelier swayed for about two minutes. I could feel the movement for about 20 secs. Nothing damaged.
  • Mae Salaab , Sarapee, Chiang Mai - doors started banging, Tv nearly bounced off its table and finally whole house and floor shaking....lasted for a couple of minutes, no visible damage when finished
  • Chiang Mai - Earth shook for about 10 seconds. Have felt two aftershocks so far.
  • Doi Saket - Slight shaking of ground. Made tv move, but nothing bad.
  • Bangkok - 17th floor-light to moderate swaying for 30 seconds.
  • chiang mai - My cup of water was shaking and the pool next to the restaurant was over flowing. It was weird how me and my family was talking about earthquake and it has just happened.
  • Bangkok - On 20th Floor of condo building. felt building move a lot! very scary. blinds swung from side to side. building moved for a couple mins.
  • Sansai,Chiang Mai - Windows started rattling then concrete floor was undulating, 2nd wave caused roof tiles to rattle significantly for about 10 seconds. No aftershock felt
  • Bangkok - We felt swaying and felt nauseous.
  • Phayao city - we were sitting down and felt shake for about 1 minute. there seems to be no damage to any buildings but small items within the house have broken. no signs of people hurt.
  • pai - Aftershock
  • Maetaeng - The quake appeared to last 60 to 90 seconds here (45 km north of Chiangmai) with the second shake stronger than the first shake. No apparent damage here or at our property in Chiangrai but Mae Suay may have had significant damage.
  • Chiang Mai - Die Wände, die Türrahmen, der Stuhl und die Regale haben das erste Mal für 1-2 Sekunden gezittert. Es war so nach 18h03 und vor 18h10. Nach einer Pause von gefühlten 2-3 Sekunden war es deutlicher und vielleicht 3-4Sekunden lang, die schmalen hohen Lautsprecher schwankten an der Spitze um 3-4 cm. Ich bin sicherheitshalber mit meinem Handy auf die Straße gegangen. Nur die unmittelbaren Nachbarn kamen auch aus dem Haus. Die Straße der Siedlung war leer, viele waren wohl nicht zu Hause oder h
  • Chiang Mai - Schwankender Boden. Gebäude schwankten stark. Leute aufgeregt auf der Straße.
  • Bangkok - Nothing is damaged but desk and curtains was moving. I can feel that floor is moving a bit.
  • Bangkok - Felt floor moving
  • Bangkok - 22nd floor hotel room. First heard curtain rods banging against window and then realized building was swaying slowly side-to-side. Thought it might be strong wind. Felt similar to quakes in So Calif.
  • Bangkok - We had just arrived at club lounge for happy hour & had just sat down when the building started to lightly sway along with blinds & light fittings so on the strength of that we said make them double's please, went on for about 30 second's
  • Chiang Mai - Keine Schäden
  • Chiang Mai - Workers driving piles in block behind us for new condo. Thought was this initially but then realized was quake as building shook back and forth. No know damage.
  • Bangkok - From the 8th floor of our apartment block we felt like we were swaying. Lighting fixtures and hanging objects were swinging. We could feel it for about a minute or so and our friends on higher floors had objects falling off of their walls. Other than that no damage.
  • Chiang mai - Nun ich kam gerade aus dem Bad und setzte mich vor meinen Laptop, als es an fing ich dachte erst mir ist schwindelig, doch dann wurde es stärker und meine Sachen im Zimmer vielen um. Ich schaute raus zum Balkong und sah wie er er sich bewegte hin und her schwang. Nahm nur meinen Schlüssel und lief mit den anderen Gästen die Treppen hinunter ins Freie. Es war mein erstes Erdbeben und hoffe es ist mein letztes.
  • Bangkok - Felt a rocking back and forth motion which made me feel nauseous and had to lay down on the bed for a while until I got so bad I had to vomit.
  • Chiang Mai - 5th floor- Omg whole building shook!!!!!!!!Followed by freaky storm
  • Mae Hong Sorn - glasses fell from the cupboard, powercut.
  • Chiang mai - En piscina en primera planta hotel junto al mercado nocturno. Se sintió trueno y casi de inmediato un leve balanceo creciente. Al máximo el movimiento era bastante grande, mareante. El agua de la piscina iba de un lado al otro como un licor en una copa, desbordando. Ahí nos evacuaron a todos a la calle por una hora. Sin desperfectos ni objetos caídos en la habitación (piso 9). Primer terremoto.
  • Sansai - Moderate shaking at 1809. Lasted for about 15 seconds. Our water garden had a large wave which splashed water out of the pond (water is about 4" from top). There was a small aftershock. Noteworthy: my handing crystals shook and swayed lightly for about 10 minutes after the 1st shock! Started 1805 in CR and then 1809 in CM; down to Lampang and then on to Bangkok. No damage.
  • Chiang Mai - It was very scary for me as it was my first, things fell of my wall unit and a few paintings on the wall Aldo fell.
  • Chiang mai - Woken up at 4.30am by shaking. Didn't last very long.
  • Laksi, Bangkok - Feel like earth spin
  • Chiang Rai - I was on the 17th hole par 3 at Santiburi Golf Course. We just tee'ed off & then heard this thumping sound like a steam train getting closer & closer, louder & louder the whole ground moved like a ripple. The lake next to us bubbled like a spa sending fish into a frenzy. All the trees shook like a huge wind was blowing only no wind. It lasted only 5/10 sec & we all stood in shock. That sound remains in my head we all felt queasy, almost like motion sickness & it lasted for some time there after!
  • Chiang Mai - No damage right here. Felt shaking on 7th floor. Could tell it was definitely an earthquake.
  • Chiangmai - Since after midnight, the tremors had been constant every 2 hours lasting for 5 seconds. But by 6am, the intervals were getting shorter, every 10mins or lasting 5secs for at least an hour. But the tremors hasn't gotten stronger. Should there be a nation alert?
  • Chiang Rai - I was driving from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai at the time and probably arrived near Mae Suai just after it had happened - quite scary coming round a bend to see half of the road falling away
  • Chiang Mai (south) - House shook slightly for a couple of seconds followed a minute later by the same shaking slightly for a couple of seconds (felt at ground level)Power lines swaying through 45 degree arc.
  • Chiang Mai - In relatively new hotel on 5th floor, hotel was swaying as were the trees outside the hotel.
  • Mae Chan - We heard what sounded like a freight train approaching and felt our house start to shake. We ran out of the house and the quake lasted about 15 seconds. We had no damage and felt only one strong aftershock the following morning.
  • Chiang Mai - Inside stationary car - car started moving up and down on suspension for about 35 seconds
  • GEOFON Thailand May 05 11:08 6.2 10 MAP I Felt It
  • chiang rai - house shook but no cracks in the walls
  • chiang rai - many aftershocks, still coming
  • Chiang Rai - The quake happened quickly, with no damage, but the house slightly waved a bit, and the water sloshed about in the pool. A few pictures on the walls were moved a bit. All in all, not severe, and hopefully it was a light quake with no injuries.
  • Chiang Rai - No damage
  • Chiang Rai - Strong shaking for around 15 seconds - our small, two storey building in central Chiang Rai was moving quite a lot - followed by a couple of noticeable after-shocks minutes apart and a few more light ones since. There are now plenty of emergency sirens sounding in the distance. No visible damage to our building though.
  • Chiang Rai - Very strong shaking - items fell off tables and shelves. No structural damage. Several after shocks with moderate to light shaking.
  • Chiang Rai - Très fortes fibrations recenties
  • Chiang Rai - Très fortes vibrations ressenties
  • Chaing Rai - Fort tremblement, pas de degat apparemment dans la maison, peur
  • Chiang Rai - Earthquake seemed to last less than ten seconds. Moderate shaking, but nothing fell down in the house, likely due to the shortness of the quake. Went out in the street to talk to neighbors and my girlfriend went back inside to get something and ran back outside a minute later saying it was happening again, but we didn't feel it at all on the street.
  • chaing rai - encore une bref secousse à l'instant
  • chiangrai - Lasted about 15 seconds. The whole house shook and shook but no visable damage.
  • Chiang Rai - House shook for about 15 seconds... a few items fell of shelves onto the floor. No damage from what I can tell. 8 shocks in total. All less powerful than the previous. However, the 8th was about the same intensity as the 4th.
  • Chiang Rai - Strong shaming for about 15-20 seconds. No damage here. Still experiencing light after shocks as we speak. Kind of scary. First real earthquake I've been in.
  • chiang rai - walls are cracked on all floors....fridge & wardrobe moved a few inches....too severe shaking to get out of fourth floor apt....just felt fourth or fifth aftershock
  • wiangpapao - 2 hours later still have some aftershocks
  • Chiang Rai - Nouvelle réplique à 20h35 locale
  • Chiang Rai - Still small shakes 3 hours later. Items falling, intense shaking, but no apparent structural damage.
  • Chiang Rai - First I heard a loud noise and then the cars were jumping and the roof of the parking lot where I was facing towards was shaking and making noise as in a strong wind. It lasted for about 10 seconds. Have also had several small after shakes so far.
  • Mae Sai (Chiang Rai) - May 5 2014, 18:10 (6:10 pm) local time. Heard loud noises like construction piling and thunder which got louder, followed by severe to violent shaking of the building, glass doors and curtains, lasting over 60 secs. Several aftershocks felt for the next 5 hours.
  • Chiang Rai - I'm still feeling slight shivers in my resort... The room is suddenly making noises of shiverings.. its only happening for 1-2secs... the windows r making noise it was quite noticable few mins ago..
  • Chiang Rai - It was a few shakings and my mom was still sleeping. It was nothing compare to the first big one at 11:08 UTC.
  • USGS Mae Lao, Thailand May 05 11:08 6.0 7 MAP I Felt It
  • Yangon, Myanmar - Slight swaying on 15th floor. Chandelier in main lobby was swaying afterward. Quake lasted 5 seconds
  • Huay Xai, Laos - Geen schade, licht beving van 10 sec
  • Huay Xai, Laos - a gentle shaking for about 20s. I was near a wat when the monks were praying. it got us a bit scared and ran out to open space. A few weak aftershocks, but no damage to buildings or road have been seen.
  • Yangon, Myanmar - No damage but could definitely feel the office floor moving up on 11th floor.
  • Vientiane - 6.10pm 5/5/14 work colleagues on 7th floor reported building swaying for less than 30 seconds.
  • Jinghong - No damage. We live on the 5th floor of a, recently built, 17 storey building which resinated for a few minutes. Hope they used the correct reinforcement concrete.

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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