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Department of Mineral Resources Studies Chiang Rai Fault Lines to Prepare for Future Earthquakes

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CHIANG RAI – Mr. Suvit Khosuwan, the Director of Active Fault Research Division, the Department of Mineral Resources, affirmed to reporters today that the active fault in Chiang Rai could cause a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Mr. Suvit Khosuwan, said that Chiang Rai contains the highest number of active faults in Thailand including the Mae Chan, Mae Lao and Mae Ing faults.

The Mae Chan fault could cause a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Mostly, the affected areas are located in Mae Chan district, Mae Sai district, Chiang Saen district and Chiang Khong district.

He said that it is impossible to specify the date and time of the future earthquakes, adding that it is also necessary to study Ranong and Khlong Marui faults in the South.

Mr. Somboon Khositanon, the Director of the Bureau of Environment Geology, said that in 2018 the Department of Public Works will enforce a law on the construction of buildings that can withstand earthquakes of up to 7.0 magnitude.

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