A seismic jolt of 4.0 magnitude was registered beneath Sangkhla Buri district, Kanchanaburi province, during the twilight hours of the past Sunday. The tremor was palpable throughout the entirety of this verdant western province, rousing people from sleep and causing some minor material disturbing noises. This info came from Kanrawee Sitthicheewapak, the esteemed director-general of the Thai Meteorological Department, timely at 3.07am local time.
According to the dedicated watchers from the Earthquake Observation Division of the department, the tremor resulted from the shifting of the infamously restless Three Pagodas Fault. Reports flooded in from residents of one-storey homes in the Nong Lu area, who found their abodes agitated by the force of the quake.
The normally peaceful Sangkhla Buri district was aflutter with posts on Facebook from its residents, all sharing accounts of being rudely awakened by the earthquake. They narrated tales of their houses trembling and metallic roofs grating under the power of the quake.
In a colorful account, Nataya Noomwatana, a fellow resident and local pork vendor, shared her experience while her team was busy preparing their merchandise. The quake caught them unawares as unsettling noises sprouted from the roof of her market building and the earth beneath her feet seemed to shudder. Unsurprisingly, the natural occurrence sent a wave of astonishment through vendors, causing them to abandon their stands.
Interestingly enough, this wasn’t Sangkhla Buri district’s first rodeo. The locality had experienced the powerful force of Mother Nature before – on July 14, 2015, with a tremor of 4.8 Richter magnitudes, and again on August 20, 2015, with a slightly lesser magnitude of 4.5 on the same scale.
Despite the startle that the earthquake caused, The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand provided reassurance that the 4.0 magnitude shake on Sunday had not impacted any of its dams, leaving the electrical supply uninterrupted. More critically, Sutthiporn Siwawetpikul, the district’s chief, confirmed that the region had no reports of damage or injuries directly related to the quake.
While the incident has jolted nerves and disturbed some sleep, life in Sangkhla Buri district continues on, a testament to the resilience of the community and an affirmation that no matter how the earth might shake, the spirit of its population remains unbroken.