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How the radar system will cover the sea off Phuket and Phang Nga

Phuket Radar, Tsunami System an Asian First

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
PHUKET is to get a weather and tsunami warning radar-radio system in July, the first of its kind in Asia, an expert in marine meteorological data management said today.

Dr Wattana Kanbua, a Bureau of Meteorology expert in atmosphere and ocean wave monitoring, was on Phuket to finalise the positioning of the radar radio equipment in Patong, rather than as first planned at Cape Promthep.

Other units are to go at Nam Khem, north of Phuket in Phang Nga, and at Surathani, Samui and Rayong.

Once an earthquake is detected, the radar radio can provide more information on the wave patterns. Its prime use will be to detect weather patterns and provide better information, making the waters of the Andaman Sea safer for fishing and tourism.

''It will be a bonus for tourism and protect people better,'' Dr Wattana said as he finalised the placement of the radar radio in Patong. The Patong positioning will provide a fuller range of 190 kilometres, better than it would have been from Cape Promthep.

Vessels and even oil slicks can be monitored by the system.

Concerns continue to be expressed about the preparedness of Phuket and the Andaman coast for a possible second tsunami, with a false alarm earlier this month illustrating the lack of cohesion and an embarrassing on-and-off evacuation order.
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Folks just join up with these folks
( ( )
and have a clear proper warning long before the " authorities" here in Thailand / Phuket, even have a clue what is going on.
This info is from a person called Kelvin who posted this earlier in another post.

" In view of the lack of information sent out by the "authorities" during the last tsunami warning, I thought readers might like to learn of a reliable, independent, tsunami alarm system which sends SMS messages directly to subscribers' mobile phones."

Yes I subscribed, the next one will be middle of this year ? Stay tuned.

Posted by Graham on April 27, 2010 21:12


Another pie in the sky dumb idea. How can radar detect an oil slick, let alone a tsunami wave moving across deep water, yes a wave height of 10 to 15 cm, at a speed of 800 /1000 km/h ? Daft.

Posted by Dun on April 27, 2010 21:16


Hiding the "more information" behind a get-money-for-clicks host is not the way to convince me of a honest service. I had to turn off my adblocker to see the banner and then I decided I have no interest in their service.

A get-around might be a visit to ...

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on April 28, 2010 11:43


Given that a tsunami can travel 500-1000km/h in deep water, how much time do you think this radar system would give people to evacuate IF a tsunami is detected when it is within range of the radar, 190km away?

Of course this system also relies on a "human element" - someone has to respond the radar alert, tell their superior, who has to decide if an evacuation should be activated, and then sound the alarm sirens (assuming they are working, of course). By the time all of this happens, the tsunami could already be on the beach!

I think I will stick with the tsunami alarm system ( - it has been a reliable source of information and alerts since I subscribed in 2005. I can sleep at night knowing my family will be the first to know of any danger.

Posted by Kelvin on May 4, 2010 07:33

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