On the 24th of March, two strong earthquakes struck northeastern Myanmar less than a minute apart Thursday night local time. They could be felt as far away as Bangkok, but a tsunami was not generated.
As this area belongs to my favorite travel destinations, my thoughts go to the people of the South-East Asian countries Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. As a symbol of sympathy I’m publishing some portraits that I’ve taken during my trip to Myanmar in 2009.
The first 7.0-magnitude quake was just six miles (10 kilometers) deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by another of the same strength but far deeper: 140 miles (230 kilometers). The quakes struck along Myanmar’s borders with Thailand and Laos, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai. There were no immediate reports of damage from within Myanmar or from Luang Prabang, a tourist town not far away in Laos. Buildings swayed in Bangkok, 500 miles (800 kilometers) south of the epicenter. Some people got killed in Thailand. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it was located too far inland to create a destructive wave.