Mekong ‘cash machine’ needs an overhaul

Just over a week ago, many people in Thailand, particularly those in highrises, were thrown into panic when their buildings were swaying. They didn’t know at the time that a strong earthquake had just hit inside Lao borders near Nan’s district of Chaloem Phrakiat.

The shallow earthquake was registered at a magnitude of 5.9. This was followed shortly later by another even more powerful quake which registered at 6.4.

The quakes could be felt as far away as Bangkok, more than 700 kilometres from the epicentre near Hongsa district in Laos.

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