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Ancient Nan Temple Damaged by 5.8-Magnitude Earthquake in Laos

At Phumin Temple, which is thought to be about 425 years old, inspectors new cracks in the main Buddha statue
At Phumin Temple, which is thought to be about 425 years old, inspectors new cracks in the main Buddha statue.

Northern Thai provinces were shaken awake early Monday by a magnitude-5.8 earthquake that hit Laos.

The Earthquake Observation Division of Thailand’s Meteorological Department said the quake hit at 4:06 a.m. about 20 kilometers to the southeast of Thailand’s northern Nan Province. The U.S. Geological Survey had the temblor at 5.6 on the Richter scale, centered in Luang Prabang.

Ban Nam Chang District in Nan felt the quake the strongest, as well as a 3.5-magnitude aftershock at 4:12 a.m. and another of 2.4 magnitude at 5:35 a.m.

In Nan, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and Muang District officials conducted a field survey of several ancient temples and archaeological sites.

At Phumin Temple, which is thought to be about 425 years old, inspectors new cracks in the main Buddha statue, which was damaged by a 6.4-magnitude quake two years ago. The temple also suffered some tile damage.

Officials said that they had not yet received complaints of damage to houses.