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Phuket Survives! Rumors Hit Phuket Harder than Shakes or Waves

Monday, April 23, 2012
PHUKET: Officials on Phuket are planning an islandwide celebration to mark Saturday, April 28, the day that rumor-mongers say Phuket will slip beneath the waves.

Officials meeting on Phuket today to consider what to do about disaster precautions in future opted to laugh off predictions that Phuket will sink into the sea on Saturday.

Various events are being planned along Phuket's most popular beaches, activities at Phuket International Airport, and a ceremony at the centre of Phuket's recent earthquake, Bann Kham Liporn, in Moo 2, Srisoonthorn, Thalang.

The Bangkok Post reported this evening that the rumors of Phuket's impending end had been spread by a gang who wanted to trigger a fall in property prices so the valuable real estate could be bought up at rock-bottom prices.

At the request of Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha, police are tracking down the doomsayers.

The laughable prophecy has a few problems to overcome if Phuket is to go under.

For a start, the Director of the Department if Mineral Resources, Lertsin Raksasakulwang, told a meeting at Provincial Hall in Phuket City today, Phuket is underpinned by 27 kilometres of sheer granite.

''Whether a big earthquake or an atomic bomb occurs, Phuket will definitely not sink,'' he said.

While the rumor is lame to anyone with a basic knowledge of geology, people in the tourism industry fear that superstitious Thais are likely to be alarmed and cancel trips to Phuket.

The tsunami alert triggered by earthquakes off Indonesia of magnitude 8.6 and 8.2 on April 11 was followed by an earthquake on Phuket of magnitude 4.3 on April 16.

Today's meeting heard that while Thai tourists were likely to be alarmed at shakes in Thailand, international visitors were more worldy and less likely to be put off by earthquakes.


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Is there anyone left here to celebrate? Some businesses in Patong are really struggling, after staff...and customers fled because of these stupid rumors.

Posted by agogohome on April 24, 2012 08:34


We have not received a single cancelation due to the rumours of Phuket sinking. The tradiional summer season has arrived, after Songkran and arrivals into Phuket every year slow down in May and June and take up again in July for the Australian school holidays and the Middle East season. The only people who are scared are some members of my team or employees, with them some clear information, discussions and explanations help to cool and calm things down. Celebrate the great weather, beautiful sunsets and enjoy Phuket without a crowd and send some facts to all your friends and family on twitter how great it is.

Patong Hotelier

Posted by wm on April 24, 2012 15:29


"Phuket will definitely not sink."
That's what they said in Atlantis too, I heard.

But the rumors are false. Phuket will not sink, it will rise: up to 80m out of the sea. Then every building has to be destroyed immediately, because it is over the allowed height. That will be the real mayhem....

Posted by Lena on April 24, 2012 17:38


Granite does not float! Maybe the rubber trees will keep Phuket afloat?
What IF . . . Nothing happens? Then what?
I have my water-wings ready, evac pac and food stuffs ready to roll, let's see who is right and who is not so right? I am staying here.

Posted by Dun B on April 25, 2012 02:04


" The apple tree that grew for you and me,
I watched the apples falling one by one.
And as I recall the moment of them all,
the day I kissed your cheek and you were gone."
Thanks to the Bee Gees song, First of May.

Posted by Robin on April 25, 2012 02:19


What utter rubish, does any body with any sort of common sense beleive this, are you short of some real news to publish..its not even funny,but i can laugh at it..TIP [This is Phuket]

Posted by johndev on April 25, 2012 08:59

Editor Comment:

Perhaps you walk under ladders and never read astrology columns, johndev, but plenty of people are susceptible to rumor and such. When it comes to what's news and what's not, your judgement is based on narrow parameters. This is not a car rally.


Editor,thats your biased opinion, i will stick to mine, i beg to differ..if i want to read horoscopes etc, i wont be looking here..LOL

Posted by johndev on April 25, 2012 13:04

Editor Comment:

We're free from bias here, johndev. You should try it sometime. And if you don't like our choice of news, let us suggest a long, long rally.

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