The northern Thailand earthquake, the first of 2014 in the region, caused widespread damage and has led to seven districts in Chiang Rai province being declared official disaster areas. As of Tuesday evening in Thailand — early Tuesday morning in the United States — the injury count stood at 32, with just one fatality.
That single death occurred near the epicenter of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the northern Thailand, when an 83-year-old woman was crushed under a collapsing wall in her home there.
Property damage from the May 6, 2014, quake appears extensive. Reports from Tuesday afternoon estimated that 3,500 homes were damaged or destroyed, along with three school facilities and three hospitals. The number of Thailand historic temples to suffer 2014 earthquake damage was10 at last report.
The most famous of those temples, the elaborate Wat Rong Khun, known to tourists as the “White Temple,” was built relatively recently in 1997. Yet the temple suffered severe damage, including the loss of its steeple, which toppled to the ground. The roof of the temple and much of the interior artwork was also damaged.
Aftershocks continued to send fear throughout the northern Thailand region well into Tuesday, according to authorities there.
“Since last evening (Monday) there were six large aftershocks with a magnitude between 5.0 to 5.9 and the last was this morning,” Thailand Meteorological Department spokesperson Burin Wechbunthung said. He said that at least a dozen smaller tremors had hit the area.
The 2014 Thailand earthquake was among the strongest ever recorded in the country.