Earthquake Drills at School in Chiang Rai Following Ongoing Aftershocks

 | Tue 27 May 2014 18:28 ICT

CityNews  A school in Chiang Rai carried out earthquake drills after four aftershocks were experienced on Monday, 26th May.

On Monday, Waree Soncharoen, Director of Santivithaya School in Chiang Rai, prepared earthquake drills for students. The procedure was as follows: if an alarm sounds while the students are in a classroom, they learn to efficiently evacuate the school building and make their way in an orderly fashion to the school’s football field, where they would await further instructions. The drills were repeated four times as the goal was to get the students to safety within three to four minutes.

Many school buildings had been affected by the earthquakes that took place on Monday, 5th May, but civil engineers who surveyed the school said the earthquake did not affected the structure of building. Minor damage can be easily repaired.

On the drill day, there were four aftershocks ranging from 2.4 to 3.9 on the Richter scale, which were reported to have taken place from 1:52 a.m. to 11:32 a.m. in Mae Lao. Separately, a level 2.9 magnitude earthquake took place at 12:19 p.m. in Phan.

In total, more than 920 aftershocks have been recorded in Chiang Rai since the earthquake on 5th May.

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