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KANCHANABURI, May 21- The Srinagarind Dam was not harmed by a mild quake measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale today in Kanchanaburi province, according to a senior official.

Srinagarind dam director Boon-in Chuenchavalit said that the tremor jolted Sai Yok district, with its epicentre about 18km from this major dam in Si Sawat district.

Citing a thorough inspection by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), Mr Boon-in explained that earthquake monitoring equipment installed at the dam reported no damage or impacts on the dam’s structure.

Mr Boon-in assured the public that the strength of the Srinagarind Dam was not impaired. It is equipped with a safety system enabling in to ride out such natural incidents. The dam’s structural safety is checked regularly by technical experts and maintained in line with international standards.

In an earthquake-related development, Somboon Kositanon, director of Lampang's Mineral Resources Office Region 1, reported that seven tremors have been recorded in Chiang Mai’s districts of San Sai, Wiang Haeng and Phrao during April and May.

According to the earthquake inspection in the 17 northern provinces, Mr Somboon said that the today’s 2.1 magnitude earthquake was registered as having its epicentre in Phrao district after a 2.5 magnitude earth quake shook the district Sunday night.

The mineral resources official explained that the earthquakes in northern Thailand were attributed to eight active fault zones – the Mae Hong Son, Mae Tha, Mae Ping, Mae Chan, Pua, Thoen, Phayao and Nan-Uttaradit fault zones. (MCOT online news)


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