Strong quake shakes Thailand, Myanmar

Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) — A strong earthquake shook northern Thailand and Myanmar on Monday evening, and some light damage was reported.

People were evacuated from the main airport in Chiang Rai, a northern Thai city near the epicenter. Parts of the ceiling and some signs fell inside the airport terminal, but it wasn't immediately clear how flights or the airport runway were affected.

Cracks also were visible in some building exteriors and roads, but no casualties were immediately reported.

People ran down stairs in office buildings in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, and severe shaking also was felt in Chiang Mai, Thailand's second-largest. Window curtains briefly swayed in the Thai capital, Bangkok.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 and was centered 9 kilometers (6 miles) south of Mae Lao, Thailand, and 27 kilometers (17 miles) southwest of Chiang Rai.

It was centered at a relatively shallow depth of 7.4 kilometers (4.6 miles). Shallow quakes are generally felt more widely.

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