M 6.1 in Laos on 20 Nov 2019 23:50 UTC

Event summary

This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID EQ 1194401
Earthquake Magnitude: 6.1M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: 19.4512 , 101.3449
Event Date: 20 Nov 2019 23:50 UTC
21 Nov 2019 06:50 Local
Exposed Population: 1020000 people within 100km
Inserted at: 21 Nov 2019 23:55 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity : 6.2 (Laos)
INFORM Coping capacity list: Laos= 6.2; Thailand= 4.1


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NEIC 0 0
us70006ara Scaled population (raster) 0  
  C1 shakemap -0.59  
  C2 shakemap 0.53  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 1.13  
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Lao PDR - Earthquake (ECHO 21 Nov 2019)Thu, 21 Nov 2019 11:03

  • An earthquake of 6.1 M, at a depth of 10 km, hit Sainyabuli Province (north-west Laos) close to the Thai border on 20 November at 23.50 UTC (6.50 local time). The epicentre was approximately 45 km northwest of Sainyabuli Town. 
  • Two foreshocks of 5.7 and 4.6 M and one aftershock of 4.5 M were registered. Up to 8,000 people were exposed to strong shaking. 
  • According to media reports, as of 21 November, there are no reports of casualties or damage. 
  • Some people near the epicentre and surrounding areas felt aftershocks throughout this morning. Residents in Chiang Mai, Thailand felt a long period of shaking but no major damage. High-rise buildings swayed slowly for at least half a minute in Bangkok, Thailand. 
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: UNOSAT (1), JRC (39), (2), NEIC (4), OCHA (1), INGV (1), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), USGS (4), INFORM (2),