Japanese government hands over earthquake-proof school building in Mae Lao

Five years after the largest recorded earthquake in Thai history struck Mae Lao in Chiang Rai, the Japanese government has handed over a new earthquake-proof school building to locals.

The presentation of the new school building, which includes four classrooms, was made by Hiroshi Matsumoto, Japanese consul-general to Chiang Mai province on Friday according to the Bangkok Post.

The new building is claimed to be the first quake-resistant structure in Thailand.

The school became famous at the time the earthquake struck – a 6.1 on the Richter scale on May 5, 2014 due to pictures of the children cowering in fear, the epicenter of the earthquake being only six kilometers from the school.

Fortunately, none of the kids were injured at the time but like many buildings in the area, the school did suffer damage.