Chiang Mai earthquake damages dorms


A medium-sized earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook Chiang Mai and areas around the northern city early Wednesday, damaging some buildings and sending residents fleeing from their homes, officials and residents said.

There were no reports of injuries.

The quake struck at four minutes after midnight and was centered in in Mae Rim district north of the provincial city, the national meteorological center said in a statement.

There were eight after-shocks within 45 minutes of the first quake.

The quake damaged at least five dormitory buildings at Maejo University in San Sai district, and sent panicked students and faculty into the streets. More than 2,000 students were temporarily evacuated from their dorms.

In Muang district, around 50 Thai and foreign tourists staying at high-rise hotels such as Imperial Rim Ping and Lotus Pang Suan Kaew hotels fled their rooms and rushed to the ground, causing chaos for a short time.

Thank God, we are all safe. We were in our room at the 3rd level when we felt a thundering shockwave at about 12am in the morning for a brief moment and no more. We speculated that it may be an earthquake, but we weren’t so sure if Chiang Mai had earthquakes. It was until this morning when we heard some students talk about it that we realise that it was indeed an earthquake. Everything’s going on as usual with no visible destruction.

Praise God for His mercies this Christmas season to Chiang Mai. It’s our 1st earthquake tremor experience. The things you experience on mission trips… haha