oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Thailand: Lessons from damages in a low seismic country

Volume 4, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



In the global standard, Thailand has been considered quiescent in terms of seismic activity. However, a moderate earthquake in Pan District, Chiang Rai, on 11 September 1994 has cast some doubt on the belief that Thailand is safe from seismic hazard. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter Scale, took place along a relatively unfamiliar fault zone in Thailand's north. Pan, a small district about 25 km from the epicentre and 50 km from downtown Chiana Rai, was hardest hit. Local people said that it was the worst they had ever felt. No one was injured, although furniture was rocked and objects fell from shelves, and people reacted by running outdoors.

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