Many people in Bangkok, few people felt the earthquake unless they were in high buildings.
The earthquake epicenter is located in Laos and that is why Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai showed the greatest effects. Buildings may have new cracks as a result of this recent quake. Generally, people in high rise building and were on higher floors felt the shaking. The earthquake was shallow as well, while means that the vibrations don’t travel as far.
The comments made on the news reports were a bit comical to someone who hails from earthquake country. News footage showed the slow swaying of light fixtures in hotels. The motion seemed to be more rolling than the quick jarring that I associate with more devastating quakes. But, 6.1 on the Richter scale is nothing to laugh at especially when you are in tall concrete buildings. I’d hate to have to evacuate down all those flights of stairs, possibly without emergency lights in the stairwells. Some buildings were evacuated but there are no reports of casualities or major damage caused by the quake.
Luckily there aren’t many large earthquakes in
Thailand. One TV station reported that from 2518-2549 there were only 8 earthquakes larger than 5.0 on the Richter scale. That averages out to 1 earthquake every 3-4 years.
It never hurts to be prepared and think about what to do in the event of an earthquake. Make sure you find a sturdy table or doorway for cover. Have extra drinking water on hand in case the earthquake causes a disruption in the water supply or water contamination. Think about the best way to evacuate the building after the shaking stops.
So now when I think that my bedroom’s shaking, I’ll have to figure out if it’s an earthquake or a ten wheeler driving by my house.