Updated: 05/05/2014 20:05 | By Agence France-Presse

Strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rattles northern Thailand

A strong, shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake rattled northern Thailand on Monday afternoon, geologists said, shaking tall buildings in Bangkok hundreds of miles to the south.


Strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rattles northern Thailand

This aerial picture taken on April 5, 2014 shows the skyline in Bangkok where tall buildings shook Monday after an earthquake in northern Thailand - by Christophe Archambault

The quake, at a shallow depth of 7.4 kilometres (4.5 miles), struck just after 6pm local time (1100 GMT), around 27 kilometres (17 miles) from the mountainous northern city of Chiang Rai, the US Geological Survey said in a statement.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

The area is a remote mountain retreat popular with foreign tourists near to the border with Myanmar and Laos.

The quake was felt as far south as Bangkok, 800 kilometres (500 miles) to the south, where tall buildings shook for several seconds.

It was also felt in the Myanmar capital of Yangon, an AFP reporter there said.

Major earthquakes are rare in Thailand, although tremors frequently strike the northern portion of the country.

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