Mae Hong Son hit by 3.1 magnitude earthquake, mild tremors

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An earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale struck Mae Hong Son today causing mild tremors felt by residents. The quake, which occurred at 5.23am, today, July 4, had its epicentre in the Huai Pu Ling sub-district, Mueang district of Mae Hong Son.

The Department of Mineral Resources’ Earthquake Operations Center, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, reported the quake at a depth of 1 kilometre. The tremor was the result of movement along the Mae Hong Son fault line, which runs north-south. This fault line movement is classified as a normal fault, typically causing minor earthquakes.

Residents experienced the quake’s intensity at levels two to three on the Modified Mercalli Intensity scale, indicating very mild shaking. People in stationary positions reported feeling the ground tremble slightly.

The Earthquake Operations Center quickly coordinated with local disaster warning volunteers and relevant agencies to assess the impact. Fortunately, there were no reports of significant tremors or damage in the affected areas. The centre guided the local disaster network and the public, urging them to stay informed and monitor the situation closely.

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on earthquake preparedness in the region. Local officers and communities have been working together to improve response plans and ensure that residents are well-informed about what to do in the event of an earthquake.

Earthquake preparedness includes measures such as securing heavy furniture, having emergency kits ready, and knowing evacuation routes. The Earthquake Operations Center continues to emphasise the importance of these precautions, especially in areas prone to seismic activity.

In separate news, Mae Hong Son villagers are seizing the annual opportunity to gather mushrooms known as the barometer earthstar, earning up to 2,000 baht per day. These mushrooms, known for their white flesh and sweet, crunchy taste, have become a significant economic driver in the region.

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Ryan Turner

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