Hundreds of aftershocks hit the north following Monday major quake

national May 06, 2014 00:00

By Deutsche Presse Agentur

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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit the northern region of Thailand on Monday, killing an 83-year-old woman when a wall collapsed on her.



The quake struck at 6.08pm and the initial quake was followed by more than 50 aftershocks. On Monday night and Tuesday, there were about hundreds of aftershocks, resulting in blackout in many areas and forcing evacuation of patients from local hospitals. 

The only victim of the quake was identified as Saeng Linkham of Mae Lao district in Chiang Rai province.
The buildings and temples in the northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai were damaged and could be felt in high-rise buildings in Bangkok.
The quake was one of the strongest recorded in Thailand, which does not sit on any major fault lines.