The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake at a depth of 10 km, in Phôngsali Province, Laos, close to the border with China, slightly before 8.45 pm local time (slightly before 1.45 pm GMT) on Friday 24 December 2021. There have been no reports of any casualties or damage associated with this event, but people have reported feeling it from as Yunnan Province in China to northern Thailand.
Although Laos is located far from any active tectonic plate boundaries, it is still affected by the collision between the Indo-Australian and Eurasian Plates, and the northern part of the country is a recognised area of Earthquake hazards. The area is located on the northern part of the a breakaway part of the Eurasian Plate which is being pushed southward by the impact of India into Eurasia. This impact is causing uplift in the Himalayas and pushing the Tibetan block to the east, which in turn forces the Sunda Plate and South China Block to the southeast.