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Northern Thailand Quake Cracks Buildings May 9, 2014
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A strong temblor centered in far northern Thailand cracked roads and buildings across a wide area and even sent people rushing out of office buildings in Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon, 200 miles away.

The strong shaking on Monday evening also caused extensive damage to a well-known temple near the city of Chiang Rai.

“The spire of the main building came off and the tiles on the roof fell off,” Chalermchai Kositpiphat, the artist who designed the temple, told Nation TV.

In Chiang Rai’s airport, display signs and pieces of ceiling fell in the terminal, prompting officials to briefly evacuate the building.

A road in the city was fractured in several places. The country’s Interior Ministry said there were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries from the quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at 6:08 p.m. local time about 17 miles southwest of Chiang Rai.

The agency determined the relatively shallow quake hit at a depth of just under 5 miles.