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Phuket to publish quake survival guide
« on: April 19, 2012, 12:27:50 AM »
Phuket to publish quake survival guide

PHUKET, 18 April 2012 (NNT)-Phuket is ready to handle emergency situations and assist residents and tourists in time of natural disasters. Handbooks on earthquakes will be published and distributed to the public, according to a provincial authority.

Phuket Deputy Governor Mr. Somkiat Sangkaosutthirak said the contingency plan has already been in place to quickly response to crises particularly quakes. He added that he would raise the problem of communication disruption during the tremors to a meeting to be hosted by the provincial governor shortly. In the recent quakes, many people had to rely on walkie-talkies to stay in touch or get help.

He cited the need for cooperation from all relevant agencies to draw up a plan that would assure that the communication system would still be able to function during natural disasters.
Well thats enough to scare people
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


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Re: Phuket to publish quake survival guide
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 06:31:21 AM »
'Quake Survival Guide.

If the earth moves for no good reason, get the f... out of here. Don't stop at a bar, look for the stolen direction signs or waste time reading Handbooks.

Offline thaiga

Re: Phuket Stay calm and enjoy your holiday
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 11:55:36 AM »
Stay calm and enjoy your holiday, says Phuket tourism chief

PHUKET: -- Phuket tourism industry leaders are calling on the local media not to exaggerate in their reporting of the recent seismic activity in Phuket, as doing so could adversely affect the local economy.

Phuket Tourist Association President Somboon Jirayus said yesterday that tourists from places like Japan and parts of Europe where earthquakes are common were more likely to view the tremors as a natural event that could happen at any time and were less likely to panic as a result.

“Effective warnings and evacuation plans are the most important thing in maintaining confidence among tourists,” Mr Somboon said.

The domestic market was especially vulnerable, especially at this time of year that typically marks the onset of the monsoon season and the “low season” for tourism in Phuket, he said.

“Thai people might panic because they aren’t familiar with earthquakes,” he said.
He called on the media to be more accurate in reporting tremors, which have yet to cause any direct injuries or severe structural damage on the island.

“Exaggerated information could negatively impact tourism, not only in Phuket but across the Andaman Coast provinces,” he said.

Kritsada Tunsakul, Managing Director of Royal Palm Hotel in Patong, confirmed that many Singaporeans had canceled reservation recently citing unease following reports of earthquake activity both off the North of Sumatra and in Phuket.
“In a short term the earthquakes have affected our room reservation rate, but if they taper off soon these rates should begin to return to normal,” Mr Kritsada said.
Seismic activity will inevitably lead some people to panic, he said.

“Although people have enough time to move to higher ground before the waves would reach Phuket, their misunderstanding and confusion usually leads to chaos,” he added.

An official evacuation of risk areas was ordered after a 8.9 Richter scale quake hit off the coast of Sumatra last Wednesday afternoon.

However, many residents and tourists also scrambled for safety after a 4.3 tremor centered in Thalang shook homes and hotels along the coast on Wednesday afternoon - even though there was no real threat of inundation.

Mr Tunsakul called on local administration organizations and related agencies to better educate local people and about tsunami risks and further develop their confidence in the warning system so that they can pass along better information to tourists and avoid unnecessary panic.

Read your survival book
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How prepared is Phuket? Well, standards could be a lot higher

Phuket Earthquake Latest: Potential for More, Say Seismologists

PHUKET: The Earth Observatory of Singapore has made a key suggestion following the earthquake and tsunami alert - and Phuket should heed that recommendation.

''By taking steps today to reduce their vulnerability to earthquakes and tsunamis, people and communities can reduce the chance of future tragedies,'' says the observatory.

Seismologists from the observatory report today on the ''extraordinary earthquakes in the Indian Ocean offshore of Aceh'' last Wednesday.

The magnitude 8.6 and 8.2 earthquakes produced an evacuation on Phuket and in other Andaman tourism centres as well as in all those places around the region that were affected by the 2004 tsunami.

Because these earthquakes shifted the sea floor side to side rather than up and down, no tsunami was produced on Wednesday.

This time it was a lucky break, literally, for Phuket and the region. A total of 5400 residents and tourists died in Thailand in the 2004 tsunami, among more than 220,000 victims around the Indian Ocean.

''This earthquake may be the largest strike-slip (side-to-side) earthquake ever recorded in the world,'' the observatory's report notes.

''The April 11 earthquakes may make future earthquakes near Sumatra more likely to happen sometime in the coming decades.

''Research shows that there still remains potential for large earthquakes and tsunamis in Aceh and West Sumatra provinces and the neighboring areas sometime in the coming decades.

''Science cannot predict the day or year that an earthquake will happen, but does show which areas face high hazard

''Analysis and interpretation of the data from April 11 will help us better understand future earthquake hazard in the region.''

Earthquakes interact. The large Sumatran earthquakes in 2004, 2005, and 2007 triggered one another and may have triggered the April 11 earthquakes.

Seismologists at the observatory will now also be looking at Monday's 4.3 earthquake, with its epicentre reported on Phuket, and whether this has a connection to previous larger earthquakes.

The observatory says it was also '' exceptional'' that Wednesday's 8.6 earthquake triggered an 8.2 earthquake only two hours later, 200 kilometres to the southwest.

''This second earthquake apparently shows a simpler rupture, mostly on a north-northeast-trending strike-slip fault,'' today's report says.

''To probe deeply into these questions, EOS scientists have a unique tool: the 50 continuous GPS stations of the SuGAr network installed in Sumatra and the outer islands.

''They are busy unravelling the huge amount of data already accumulated on the many large Sumatran earthquakes in the past decade.

''As the April 11 measurements start to flow in, preliminary data analysis indeed suggests interaction between the strike-slip faults on the deep seafloor and the megathrust: the April 11 earthquake has pushed back the leading edge of the Sunda/Eurasian plate about 20 centimetres north-eastward.

''This research is critical for understanding earthquake and tsunami hazard. With this information, society can take many steps to reduce vulnerability to these hazards, from the individual and community to national and international levels.''

Earthquake Epicentres: An Expert View
For those who are concerned to know precisely where the epicentre of Monday's Phuket shake was, here's what the Earth Observatory of Singapore had to say:

Regarding your location question, the epicentre "dot" on the map can be a little misleading: the position is an estimate based on analysis of seismograms; however, every estimate includes some uncertainty due to inherent limitations of data coverage and analysis.

The USGS page reports a position uncertainty of about 24 km, meaning that the epicentre could have been anywhere within a circle with a radius of about 24 km centred on the dot on the map:

The epicentre location reported by the Thai Meteorological Department is just about 24 km from the USGS position. The Thai department don't report an uncertainty. (There is uncertainty, they just don't happen to report how much on this summary page.)

So, from the scientific point of view, these two reported positions are roughtly consistent with one another, within the uncertainties of measurements and analysis of earthquakes. In other words, there is not a significant difference between the earthquake positions reported by the USGS and by the Thai Meteorological Department.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.