Thailand hit by earthquake

Residents in Chiang Mai province felt a long period of shaking but saw no major damage. High-rise buildings swayed slowly for at least half a minute in Bangkok, startling residents.

The US Geological Survey said the 6.1 magnitude quake on Thursday morning was about 10 kilometers below the surface.

It was centered in northwestern Laos, about 31 kilometers from Chaloem Phrakiat district in Nan province.

The red dot shows the location where an earthquake shook the Thai-Lao border. (Photo from Google Earth)

Moderate quakes of 4.6 and 5.7 magnitude shook the same area overnight.

Andy Baird@andy_engineer

First time I’ve felt an earthquake outside of Christchurch. Over a minute is an exaggeration, probably more like 20 seconds, time slows down when your building is moving

Andy Baird@andy_engineer

Lights swinging in Bangkok from the earthquake near Laos border

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