Most people don’t realize Thailand does have earthquakes. Not that many and not that noticeable, there are still fault lines running through various areas of Thailand and, today, a 2.2 earthquake hit on one of them in Chiang Rai, a small town in northern Thailand.
News reports are saying few people felt it, as the earthquake’s epicenter wasn’t actually in Chiang Rai itself, but some did feel a gentle rolling just a few minutes before 1:30pm today.
Chiang Mai did have a much larger earthquake last year though, on March 24th, 2011 (looks like March might be the time of year for earthquakes in the Chiang Rai region!). Last year’s quake was a 6.9 on the Richter scale and, yes, people definitely felt that one.
Mainly though, if we do feel earthquakes at all in Thailand, they’re often epicentered in Myanmar (Burma) and, surprising to some, can be felt as far away as Bangkok.