11 July 2024

Three mild earthquakes, measured at 1.9, 2.3 and 3.8 magnitude on the Richter scale, were reported in Thailand’snorthern province of Mae Hong Son this morning (Monday). There were no reports of damage.

The Earthquake Observation division of the Meteorological Department said that the first tremor, of 3.8 magnitude, was recorded at 7.40am at a depth of about seven kilometres in Huai Pha sub-district of Mueang district. Two milder earthquakes, of 1.9 and 2.3 magnitude respectively, were recorded at 4.42am at a depth of about one kilometre and at 5.28am at the depth of two kilometres.

Residents in several sub-districts reported feeling the vibrations to the Meteorological Department via its website.

Suvit Kuosuwan, a geological expert at the Department of Mineral Resources, told Thai PBS that the earthquakes were caused by the Mae Hong Son fault line, which extends for 29km through Pai, Mueang, Khun Yuam and Mae Sariang districts.

He said that similar mild earthquakes have been recorded before and are quite normal for active an fault line, adding that there has not been a strong earthquake from the Mae Hong Son fault line, of 5 or 6 magnitude on the Richter scale, in the past century.

He advised the public not to panic, as he offered an assurancethat the tremors are mild and do not signal the arrival of a stronger quake.

14 mild quakes, of 1 to 2.2 magnitude, were recorded betweenMay 4th and 7th this year in Pai district of Mae Hong Son.