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Google maps put the centre of the Phuket quake near Layan beach

Phuket 'Shake Central' May Hold Key to Predicting Future Quakes

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
UPDATE

MORE aftershocks were felt overnight and today on Phuket at 23.47 (magnitude 2.1) 01.00 (2.2) 02.02 (2.5) 08.30 (2.3) and 12.18 (3.1). All were centred in Thalang, according to the Thai Meteoroligical Department.

Original Report

PHUKET: Senior Phuket administrators will today be considering what action to take after 11 houses were damaged yesterday in an earthquake with its epicentre on Phuket.

The main Phuket shake of magnitude 4.3 came at 4.44pm and was followed by aftershocks measuring 2.7 at 20.30 pm, 2.6 at 21.17pm and 2.7 at 23.03 pm.

Layan beach in the central Phuket district of Thalang was the epicentre for the first earthquake, around Srisoonthorn Moo 2, also known as Liporn Village.

Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak toured the 11 damaged houses last night and was to meet with Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha today.

Most of the houses suffered superficial cracks.

It's believed many of the tourists who joined Phuket residents yesterday in fleeing Phuket's west coast beaches also headed for the hills five days ago when an 8.6 magnitude earthquake on the seabed off Sumatra triggered a tsunami watch.

Coincidentally, one of many aftershocks from Wednesday's seismic activity came with a 5.4-magnitude tremor off Sumatra just two minutes after the Phuket earthquake.

Seismologists today will be looking intensely at the Phuket earthquake. It's the first recorded on Phuket in modern times, and it could indicate fresh activity along a fault line that crosses Thailand.

The Director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Kerry Sieh, told CNN that Wednesday's earthquake was was the largest of its type ever recorded and increased the risk of more powerful quakes in the region.

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Another quake just heard and felt at Ban Liphon, Thalang - Tuesday 12:18pm

Posted by agogohome on April 17, 2012 12:29

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Khun ED. this morning some Phuket's paper reported that the epicenter of the earthquake wasn't in Thalang but between kho Yao Yai and Noi. Further more, the magnitude wasn't 4.3 but 3.9 ( according to the US M.D. ). Do you have any information about that? Thanks.

Posted by Mario on April 17, 2012 13:02

Editor Comment:

Mario, it's the difference between the Thai version of where the earthquakes were centred and the US Geological Survey's version. I don't know anything about the US MD. In Thailand, I suspect the Thais know what's shaking. You may chose to believe one or the other, or neither.

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The official website http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ give the eathquake at 08.093??N & 98.573??E which is in Krabi Province.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on April 17, 2012 16:34

Editor Comment:

Other readers have acknowledged that usgs is more reliable on earthquakes of magnitude 6 and above. The Thai seismologists are likely to get this one right.

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None of my friends in Krabi noticed it. Was local on Phuket. That is sure.

Posted by Lena on April 18, 2012 00:29

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I live above Layan and had a 20 meter or so long and about 2 - 4 centimeters wide crack appear within the ground on my property.

Posted by Media Watcher on April 21, 2012 19:39

Editor Comment:

Perhaps you need to raise this with the Thai person who owns the land, Media Watch.


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