Another quake in north Thailand, no major damage reported

March 25, 2011 05:10


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CHIANG MAI, Thailand - An estimated 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit northern Thailand on Friday, a day after a bigger quake caused panic in several Southeast Asian countries, but local authorities reported little damage.

"We are looking to see if there was any additional damage after another quake this morning at around 7 a.m (0000 GMT)," Somchai Hatyatanti, governor of Chiang Rai province, told Reuters by phone.A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar near the border with northern Thailand on Thursday and was felt as far away as the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. One woman died.

Several earthquakes of magnitudes 5 to as high as 7 have hit northern Myanmar and Thailand in the past 15 years, but damage and casualties have been limited.

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