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Many Bangkok highrises susceptible to earthquake damage, says City Hall

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Inspections of highrises around Bangkok, including the Shinawatra III Tower, found no damage from the recent earthquake.

Inspections of highrises around Bangkok, including the Shinawatra III Tower, found no damage from the recent earthquake.


Bangkok’s City Hall has warned that roughly 2,700 buildings in Thailand’s capital are susceptible to damage from an earthquake, The Bangkok Post has reported.



A 6.8 magnitute quake in Northern Burma last week killed at least 75 people and was felt in parts of Thailand including Bangkok. Bangkok is less than 200 km from the Chedi Sam Ong fault line in Kanchanaburi and about 800km from the Mae Ta and Mae Chan fault lines in Chiang Mai. Even a moderate quake could send strong shock waves through the city.

Pennung Warnitchai, a seismologist from the Asian Institute of Technology said that there is a high probability that a 6 to 7 magnitude earthquake will occur along those faults at some point. “We will see severe damage to buildings and other structures in Bangkok,” the seismologist said.

Lertsin Raksaskulwong, director of the Mineral Resources Department’s environmental geology and geohazard bureau, disagreed. “There won’t be total building collapse. People will only feel the buildings shaking, like many people in highrises felt on Thursday,” he said.


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