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UPDATE Phuket Feels Earthquake of 6.2  Magnitude 446 Kilometres West of Holiday Island

UPDATE Phuket Feels Earthquake of 6.2 Magnitude 446 Kilometres West of Holiday Island

Monday, November 9, 2015
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''WE FELT IT on the 4th floor of the JW Marriott in Mai Khao,'' wrote Phuketwan reader Lesley Drew. ''Lasted a few seconds and the building wobbled.''

Original Report

PHUKET: Residents of Phuket and other Andaman provinces in Thailand felt an earthquake that reached magnitude 6.2 at 11.59pm last night.

Authorities were checking buildings in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Ranong and Surat Thani for damage, according to social media reports.

Residents called rescue authorities after the shaking was felt at a three-storey apartment in Phuket City, a two-storey building in Chalong where windows shook, and a five-storey building in Surat Thani.

Other telephone calls followed.

The quake occurred at Nicobar - the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Indian Ocean are an Indian protectorate.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 446 kilometres from Phuket, at a depth of 10 kilometres.

The Bureau of Meteorology announced the earthquake at 12.05am.

The quake had been felt in the Phuketwan office in Phuket City.

Phuket is located in an earthquake prone area. There was no tsunami alert with last night's tremors.

Environmental activist Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a noted marine academic investigating overdevelopment on Phi Phi, said there appeared no danger this time but urged people to know the evacuation routes to higher ground.

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 9.1 triggered a huge tsunami on December 26, 2004 that killed about 5400 people along the Andaman coast and 220,00 people around the Indian Ocean.

In the Indonesian province of Aceh, about 160,000 people died.

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We felt it on the 4th floor of the JW Marriott in Mai Khao. Lasted a few seconds and the building wobbled.

Posted by Lesley Drew on November 9, 2015 07:57

Editor Comment:

Some buildings are built to wobble. That can be a good sign.

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I was built the same way. Wife doesn't think it is a good sign but.

Posted by joe blow on November 9, 2015 08:31

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I was here in 2004 and right through 2005. I never felt anything on Dec 26 or any of the aftershocks that followed. Last night something fell in to the kitchen sink while i was watching football but i just assumed it was wind or vibration from the tour buses that go past here..

Posted by sateeb on November 9, 2015 11:22

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I felt the bed shaking on Wednesday night, twice. I'm in Patong on waterfront. There were no trucks going by at anything like that, can I assume it was tremors ?

Posted by Dee on November 13, 2015 17:23

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Dee

first it is nececssary to establish whetehr you was alone in a bed or not.
If not, then trcuks and buses can be checked, yes.

Posted by Sue on November 14, 2015 00:34

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Sue,
You are correct. There is a big difference between feeling the earth move and the earth shake.

Posted by MoW on November 14, 2015 07:21


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