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DDPM explains ‘missing’ Phuket tsunami warning buoys

DDPM explains ‘missing’ Phuket tsunami warning buoys

PHUKET: The national centre for the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has confirmed that of the two tsunami warning buoys in the waters west of Phuket, one was missing and has now been recovered and the other is still in its proper location and transmitting data, but that data is not being relayed to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 26 May 2022, 11:18AM

The issue of both tsunami-warning buoys missing was raised through a Facebook post shared by the Phuket Info Center, operated by the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, late on Tuesday (May 24).

The Phuket Info Center pulled no punches in publicly asking any of the relevant government agencies to provide an explanation.

The national DDPM responded late yesterday (May 25), confirming that the National Data Buoy Center website operated by the NOAA was not showing any data from either of the two tsunami-warning buoys.

The DDPM reported that the National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) had responded to the query.

During the two-year routine maintenance, it was discovered on Oct 22 last year that the first buoy, Station 23401, installed in the Indian Ocean a distance of 965km west of Phuket, had slipped its mounting and stopped transmitting data.

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The buoy had been safely recovered and a replacement is scheduled to be installed in November this year.

The second buoy, Station 23461, installed in the Andaman Sea approximately 340km from Phuket, was confirmed last Saturday (May 21) to still be at its designated location and transmitting data, but issues in communicating with NOAA servers had prevented the data from being shown on the National Data Buoy Center website.

“The National Disaster Warning Center conducted a preliminary review of the data and found that the Andaman Sea tsunami buoy Station 23461 was still active and transmitting data. The water level change was normal. Currently, it is in the process of coordinating the results of the NOAA inspection and requesting that the buoy data be displayed on the National Data Buoy Center website as before,” the DDPM reported.

The DDPm repeated that the tsunami-warning buoys are only two of an array set up in the Indian Ocean to detect, and warn, of any impending tsunamis.

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JohnC | 27 May 2022 - 09:05:38

[...one was missing but has now been covered...] Covered with what? Perhaps you actually mean REcovered. Does anyone at PN proof read articles before publishing?

[Fixed. Thanks - Ed]

Kurt | 27 May 2022 - 08:36:49

'In one word', as usual energy input in a bla-bla explaination of ignorance, laziness, irresponsibility by both, DDPM and Navy. One doesn't need to be a rear-admiral to know as professional (?) seaman that a check on a signal buoy in middle of ocean once in 2 years only is idiot.   DDPM proves that in all her press releases. Year after year. Great 'flag display' to other countr...

BigaAResort | 27 May 2022 - 05:45:14

Well, at least something,I don't have to worry my beach combing days are over and I live on a hill Horst

christysweet | 26 May 2022 - 17:57:14

Yet every 20 meters on and around Bang-Tao beach is a 1 meter tall marker  affixed into the ground telling  you-  in English only- that you are in a tsunami zone.   

BigaAResort | 26 May 2022 - 16:52:56

This was to be expected ,no maintenance! I tough there was one buoy here on Phuket and every year this one out there  would be exchanged with the one from Phuket ,  than serviced and the next year out again and so on...So who is iresponsible for this yearly routine ? 
Can I have this job ? What happen to  this chart from our area with all this  alarm sirens, warn light speakers,
watch towers hor

SueYu2 | 26 May 2022 - 14:30:10

Thai response: "Oh well, buoys will be buoys"

Kurt | 26 May 2022 - 13:03:51

Re-read and chew this article report. One Thai buoy away, replacement in November!!! Why not now? 2ND buoy in position, transmitting, but that we not receive. What a incompetent mess. Thank you Government for comforting remark that tsunami boys of other countries are functioning. Who trusts a not funtioning Thai 2-year 'routine' maintenance as proven?


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