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Phuket, Phang Nga Residents Feel Quake off Sumatra

Phuket, Phang Nga Residents Feel Quake off Sumatra

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Today's UPDATING News Report

PHUKET: An earthquake off Sumatra was felt on Phuket and along the Andaman Sea coast today at 6.41am.

Fifteen minutes after the quake, the Seismology Bureau of the Thai Meteorological Department said the earthquake would have no effect on Thailand.

The earthquake, measured at magnitude 5.3, was at a depth of 10 kilometres, 260 kilometres from Phuket.

Quakes of that magnitude don't usually trigger tsunami warnings.

Two earthquakes - one in the Sumatra region and a second beneath Phuket - triggered earthquakes that led to evacuations from Phuket's west coast holiday zone last year.

However, the evacuations proved to be false alarms.

Today's earthquake was also felt in Phang Nga.


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Well done on that. Others caught napping.

Posted by Phil on July 17, 2013 08:09


Think words like "false alarm" are not correctly covering the load in relation to an earthquake. A false alrm is known as 1. An emergency alarm, such as a fire alarm, that is set off unnecessarily.
2. A signal or warning that is groundless.

Both of which were not the case, the alarm was given correctly and as a pre-caution, it was not a false alarm I think.


Posted by Martin on July 17, 2013 08:15

Editor Comment:

More than 12 months on, both the tsunami evacuations can legitimately be described as false alarms. At the time, they were certainly necessary evacuations. But both alarms proved to be false.


In fact the alarms were a total over-reaction by the authorities, causing undue fear and panic. Another fact, one person died in the un-necessary evacuation PANIC.

Posted by Phuket_IOC on July 17, 2013 10:25

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