One Killed, Several Dozen Injured in North Thailand Earthquake

An earthquake in northern Thailand yesterday killed one person and injured several. The magnitude 6.3 quake split a road in half, and resulted in smashed windows, cracked walls, and a number of damaged Buddhist temples.

The airport in Chiang Rai, a northern Thai city near the epicenter of the shallow magnitude 6.3 temblor, evacuated people from its terminal, where display signs and pieces of the ceiling fell. There was no damage to the runway or flight disruptions, airport General Manager Damrong Klongakara said.

An 83-year-old woman in Chiang Rai's Mae Lao district died when the bricks from her house fell on her. Anusorn Kaewkangwan, the deputy director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, explained to the AP that at least 25 have been injured in the earthquake.

The Meteorological Department said the earthquake had a relatively shallow depth, a quality that usually yields more severe damage.

One Killed, Several Dozen Injured in North Thailand Earthquake

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