By Thai Newsroom Reporters and Matichon newspaper
AN earthquake of 6.0 magnitude that struck off the southern Myanmar coast at 8.40 a.m. Thai time this morning (June 19) with the epicentre being about 500 kilometres from Bangkok led to highrises in the capital and adjacent Nonthaburi province swaying and this triggering panic, the Meteorological Department’s Earthquake Observation Division said
An aftershock measuring 4.4 magnitude occurred in the same area at 10.46 a.m. following a 3.6 magnitude aftershock at 8.57 a.m.
The vibrations of the 8.40 a.m. quake with a depth of 10 kilometres swayed some buildings leading to people running out as they did not know what was happening.
The earthquake division said many people reported feeling the tremors this time, for example in the Din Daeng area where many buildings higher than 10 floors shook.
They mentioned that curtains moved and buildings swayed with some of the people within becoming dizzy as they were not used to quakes.
It was reported that buildings in Khlong Toei area rocked very strongly with there being many tall buildings in this district. Universities located here also shook with students and lecturers in many faculties having felt it.
A resident of a condominium in Khlong Tan area said the quake shook him with the building swaying similar to when a cyclone hit Australia when he was there. However buildings in Australia are quake-resistant and he is unsure whether Thai buildings are equally strong with his condo building being an old one and it was frightening.
A 10-storey building in the Laksi area also shook with the blinds moving back and forth while a resident in Pak Kret, Nonthaburi said it seemed the house was spinning with his desk and all the objects on it shaking for around 10 seconds.
Residents of the 21-storey Ratchada Pavilion condominium in Chatuchak area said the doors swung to and fro and they felt dizzy with a mobile hanging there also spinning.
A worker at an office on the ninth floor of a 10-story building in Laksi area said he was sitting at his desk when the building started swaying he had to stand up make sure he was not dizzy but he had felt this way before during an earthquake that occurred around 2001 or 2002 and that time too he was in a tall building.
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