Wikinews Shorts: June 19, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, June 19, 2007.

4.5 quake hits northern Thailand

Chiang Mai province is highlighted on a map of Thailand.

A minor earthquake centered in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai Province shook northern Thailand today, panicking residents in Chiang Mai city, who fled from tall buildings that swayed.

The quake, measuring at around 4.5 magnitude, struck at 12:06 p.m. (0506 UTC), Meteorological Department director-general Suparerk Tansriratanawong told Thai News Agency. The quake was on the active Mae Tha fault line, which had a 5.1-magnitude quake on Dec. 19, 2006.

No injuries or major damage was reported in today's quake, Thai News Agency said. The Nation newspaper's website reported that the main Buddha statue at Wat Krong Or in Chiang Mai was cracked by the shaking.

Yesterday, a 4.2-magnitude quake was reported near the Myanmar border in Mae Hong Son, Thailand.

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5.6 quake shakes Iran

Hazrat-e Masuma Shrine in Qom in September 2005.

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck yesterday in Iran, about 125 kilometers (77 miles) south of Tehran.

Nearer to the epicenter, in the holy city of Qom, people fled into the streets in fear, but no injuries or major damage was reported, residents and state television said.