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No ‘tsunami alert’, just notice to be aware, says Phuket disaster chief

No ‘tsunami alert’, just notice to be aware, says Phuket disaster chief

PHUKET: Following a slew of queries asking about a “tsunami alert” that was reported for Phuket and other Andaman coast provinces over the weekend, the local disaster chief today (Mar 25) confirmed that no such alert was issued.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 25 March 2019, 04:39PM


The notice was issued after two earthquakes were registered in the Andaman Islands, several hundred kilometres northwest of Phuket. Image: DDPM

The notice was issued after two earthquakes were registered in the Andaman Islands, several hundred kilometres northwest of Phuket. Image: DDPM

The reports followed the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Director-General Chaiyapol Titisak in Bangkok Saturday (Mar 23) issuing an internal notice to officials all along Andaman coast to be monitor the situation following two earthquakes in the Andaman Islands.

Of the two earthquakes, one at 6:29pm measured 5.0 in magnitude and the other, at 6:34pm, measured 5.2.

Mr Chaiyapol specifically urged officials in the provinces of Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun to monitor the situation in case a tsunami alert needed to be issued.

“The notice issued was only to ensure officials were monitoring the earthquake situation. It just urged officials to do their duties and be aware of the situation,” Prapan Kanprasang, chief of the DDPM Phuket Provincial office (DDPM-Phuket) told The Phuket News today.

“There is nothing to be worried about concerning a tsunami. These earthquakes were normal. They were not anywhere near 7M or 7.5M in strength. Tourists can come to travel (here) as per normal,” he said.

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The National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) based in Bangkok also confirmed the same clarification with a formal announcement earlier today.

“Regarding the earthquake observation notice on March 23, the rumours are incorrect from the facts,” the NDWC said.

“The cause of the (Andaman Islands) earthquakes is the normal movement of the Indian plate and the Eurasia plate.

“Normally, earthquakes must be more than 7.5M with normal fault movement in order to cause a tsunami, but these earthquakes were not strong enough to create a tsunami,” the NDWC explained.

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Pascale | 27 March 2019 - 22:07:43

"I live about tsunami threat level" That you live very "High"is not news.Higher than others and definitely in your own orbit.

Kurt | 27 March 2019 - 11:47:19

No panic at all as I live above tsunami threat level. But also no  Ostrich syndrome what is so cultivated in Thailand.
( walk on, walk on, nothing to see here)
Just realistic. Don't ignore warnings of mother earth. Don't play with words to give people a false feeling of safety, and cover your butt as a Official in case.

Pascale | 26 March 2019 - 21:37:41

Someone starts to panic again.Maybe time for him to erect a tent on a mountain and to stock up emergency supplies.

Kurt | 25 March 2019 - 18:23:18

Perhaps these 'earth shakes' were warnings, for more heavy to come.  And it is quite nearby. I find it strange that 'Officials' say that there is nothing to worry. All just for the tourist money only. And what is the difference between 'Alert' and 'Aware' ? Lovely covering themselves, these Officials.

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