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The earthquake was centred near Koh Yao Yai, magnitude 4.0

Quake Rocks Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi

Friday, February 20, 2015
PHUKET: A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was felt today on Phuket and other offshore islands in Thailand's popular Andaman Coast holiday region.

First reports said tremors were felt in Patong, the west coast holiday hub, and at sports facilities in Saphan Hin, a large public park in Phuket City, on the island's east coast.

The National Disaster Warning Centre said a seaquake at Koh Yao at 1.02pm was at two kilometres below the surface.

The quake was also felt in Phang Nga, the holiday province north of Phuket. Later reports said it was also felt in Krabi, another Andaman holiday province.

One reader said the shake was felt at Phuket's central Heroine's Monument for six seconds.

Another reader based in southern Phuket at Chalong said: ''I felt a light shaking that lasted maybe 10-15 seconds . . . not sure at first if it was an earthquake or maybe a passing large vehicle but quite noticeable.''

There were no reports of a tsunami. The epicentre of the quake was reported to be at Latitude 7.87 Longitude 98.57.

''We were on the beach at Nai Yang [near Phuket airport] and felt it there,'' said one caller to Phuketwan. ''But there was no panic.''

People on Koh Yao Yai felt the tremors but others on the smaller neighboring island of Koh Yao Noi said they felt nothing.

Japanese tourists on a day-trip atoll at Koh Kai asked to be taken back to Phuket before their time was up.

A tsunami that followed an earthquake off Indonesia at magnitude 9.2 on December 26, 2004, killed 5400 people in Thailand and more than 220,000 throughout the Indian Ocean region.

A 4.3 magnitude quake struck Phuket at 4.44pm on April 16, 2012 with its epicenter at Phuket's central Heroine's Monument Thalang district while another quake, at 5.4-magnitude, struck Indonesia's Sumatra two minutes later.

That earthquake came just five days after a tsunami alert led thousands of people to evacuate Patong in what proved to be a false alarm.

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I did felt well, it rocked twice.

I learnt to realize that is EQ after visit to Vanuatu, where they have EQs that could be felt are happening few times per month or even more often: at 6am I blasted at GF what the hell you're rocking a bed without reason, only to find it was the Mother Nature who did it ))

Posted by Sue on February 20, 2015 13:43

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Noah build a Ark I will destroy all that is evil on Phuket you will need 5 years as you must use Thai Labor and have lots of tea for officialdom.

Posted by slickmelb on February 20, 2015 14:12

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I'm a stones throw from the Heroines monument, and didn't feel, see - or hear anything!

Posted by agogohome on February 20, 2015 14:15

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@Sue so now you have come out with being a lesbian.

Posted by Feisty Farang on February 20, 2015 14:22

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it was noticed one short rocking on Cape Yamu

Posted by reader 49 on February 20, 2015 18:52

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I live in Patong and didn't feel anyting.

Posted by Anonymous on February 20, 2015 23:46


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