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One Confirmed Dead in Thailand Earthquake

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Thai officials say one person was killed and 23 others injured in the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the northern part of the country Monday.

Officials said Tuesday an 83-year-old woman died when a wall in her home collapsed in Chiang Rai province, near the epicenter of the quake.

There was also widespread damage to homes, hospitals, temples and other buildings in the region near the border with Burma and Laos.

The Wat Rongkhun temple, known to tourists as the White Temple, suffered extensive damage. At another temple, the head fell off a Buddha statue.

The quake, and the several large aftershocks that followed, was one of the strongest to hit Thailand in recorded history.

It struck at a relatively shallow depth of 7.4 kilometers and could be felt as far away as Bangkok and the Burmese city of Rangoon.