Earthquake strikes border area between northern Thailand and Laos

A strong earthquake shook a border area between northern Thailand and Laos on Thursday morning, swaying Bangkok high-rises.

Residents in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai felt a long period of shaking but saw no major damage. High-rise buildings swayed slowly for at least half a minute in the capital Bangkok, startling residents.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.1 magnitude quake Thursday morning was about 6 miles below the surface.

It was centered about 19 miles from Chaloem Phra Kiat, which is about 174 miles northeast of Bangkok.
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