Quake damage reports still coming in from Chiang Rai

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CHIANG RAI 14 May 2014 (NNT) – Earthquake damage reports were still coming in from Chiang Rai on Tuesday, as numerous aftershocks continued to jolt the province.

According to the Meteorological Department's Seismological Bureau, more than 744 aftershocks have been reported following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Chiang Rai early last week.

On Monday evening a magnitude 5.0 tremor struck Mae Lao district in Chiang Rai. At least one house in the district was heavily damaged, and residents could no longer take shelter under their own roof.

Locals in Phan and Mae Lao, the two districts that were most jolted by last week's quake, are still frightened over the quake and the constant aftershocks, and many have decided to stay outdoors instead of inside their homes.

Officials from the local Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office and military units have been working to remove debris as well as repair homes damaged by the tremors.

The Seismological Bureau also reported a magnitude 3.8 tremor that originated in Mae Lao district on Tuesday evening, the most powerful among several other smaller tremors detected on the same day.