Earthquake shakes northern Thailand, Laos

A strong earthquake has shaken a border area between northern Thailand and Laos.

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

Residents of the northern Thai cities of Chaing Mai and Chiang Rai felt a long period of shaking but saw no major damage.

Residents in Bangkok felt some slight shaking.

The Thai embassy in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, said today (Thursday) that the first tremor, measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale (ML), was about five kilometres underground and was reported in Xayaburi province at 4.03am. It was followed by a second quake, measuring 6.4ML, at 6.52am to the east and west of Chalerm Phrakiat district of Thailand’s northern province of Nan, which is about