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    Quake Jolts Northern Thailand, Officials Warn of Aftershocks


    by NTDTelevision

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    A 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolted northern Thailand Thursday, causing damage to buildings and pagodas. Several aftershocks followed, but no serious damage has been reported. Authorities are warning people to avoid the area that borders with Burma, where the quake was centered.

    Several aftershocks hit northern Thailand on Friday, a day after a bigger quake struck Burma, and tremors were felt in neighboring countries.

    Local authorities reported little serious damage when aftershocks, measuring up to 5.5 in magnitude, jolted Mae Sai near the Burmese border.

    Thursday's 6.8-magnitude quake damaged several buildings and ancient pagodas.

    The quake struck Burma near the border with northern Thailand on Thursday and was felt as far away as the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

    Police in Mae Sai say a woman was killed when a wall of her house collapsed.

    A hospital evacuated patients from a building and set up tents at a parking lot for fear of further aftershocks.

    The governor of Chiang Rai reported minor damage to four Buddhist pagodas and problems with telephone lines in some areas. Power was briefly knocked out as well.

    Thursday's quake was centered 69 miles north of Chiang Rai in a sparsely populated, hilly area that forms part of the "Golden Triangle," where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet.

    The initial quake was 6.2 miles below the earth's surface.

    Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation says there’s been dozens of aftershocks. It urged people living in very old houses or tall buildings near the border with Burma to check for any signs of damage and avoid the area because of the likely aftershocks.

    At least 63 people were killed in Burma, with the death toll expected to rise after the quake destroyed more than 100 buildings.