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Offline thaiga

That sinking feeling of utter disbelief
« on: April 29, 2012, 03:33:56 PM »
Rumours that spooked Phuket locals into believing the island was on the verge of armageddon came to an abrupt end yesterday when the latest hysteria about the island ''sinking'' proved to be nonsense.
Tsunami warning posts are installed along the roads from Patong Beach.

In fact, many locals and tourists were shaking their heads in disbelief that so many were drawn into the hype.

Motorcycle taxi driver Sawang said he was amazed that people with much more education than him would believe such an absurd rumour.

''Just use your common sense and you will know that it is impossible,'' said Mr Sawang, a native to Patong Beach with a Prathom 4 education.

But as the rumour spread across the island, many tourists and Mr Sawang's customers decided to play it safe by leaving the island behind.

Since a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck Phuket nearly two weeks ago, fears of earthquakes and tsunamis _ among tourists and residents _ heightened with the rumour that the island would face bad fortune and sink yesterday.

Mr Sawang had no idea where the rumour came from. The word was the two revered female warriors _ Thao Thep Kasat Tri and Thao Sri Sunthon, who fought and saved Phuket from a Burmese invasion in the late 1700s _ had told a person who communicates with spirits that the island would sink and people should leave.

Mr Sawang said he respected the two spirits but didn't believe the rumour because the island is too big to suddenly sink.

''It's not like a tree that you can cut down,'' Mr Sawang said.

Every day since the earthquake, those remaining on the island learned about the departure of their customers and neighbours.

In Patong Beach, one of the most popular tourist spots on the island, Awin, a worker at an umbrella service spot, said customer numbers dwindled since the quake struck the island. He estimated about six out of 10 had left Patong.

Mr Awin said people were paranoid about the disasters. On April 11, when the much larger quake struck and fear of a tsunami was at its height, people were spooked and fled the beach in a disorderly fashion.

Phuket's popular beaches, from Patong to Kata, were almost deserted. Some tourists who chose to stay after hearing the rumour said they were concerned because they didn't know how well organised evacuation plans were.

''The hostel staff told me they would take me to a safe place if anything bad happens,'' said Mary, an English teacher from Taiwan who was swimming at Kata Beach yesterday.

Phuket Governor Tree Akharadecha had tried to alleviate fears and paranoia among tourists. He visited Patong the day before yesterday, asking tourists to trust the authorities' information. The governor said Phuket had improved warning systems since the 2004 tsunami.

More than 700 tsunami warning signs had been installed to show tourists the path to safer ground.

Nineteen tsunami warning towers had been built in the province, and two buoys were deployed in the sea about 200km from Phuket to detect tsunami activity. However, none of these measures would help in an earthquake situation, he admitted.

''It's very new to us,'' Mr Tree said. ''We are now figuring out the best ways to allow people to help themselves if struck by earthquakes as it's almost impossible to warn them in advance.''

Among the measures are the distribution of leaflets to increase knowledge about the earthquakes among the residents, improved lines of communication with local radio stations, and the stringent enforcement of building codes to handle earthquakes, Mr Tree said.

''But the most important thing is people have to have more knowledge about earthquakes and how to take care of themselves first, or these rumours will engulf us like this,'' said Mr Tree, who had to travel to tambon Sri Sunthon, the earthquake epicentre on April 16, to allay fears among residents.
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Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

sicho

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Re: That sinking feeling of utter disbelief
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2012, 09:03:17 PM »
I don't understand this. Where is the scam money in making false earthquake warnings?
 

Lebowski

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Re: That sinking feeling of utter disbelief
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012, 09:18:18 PM »
Come now Saf, it never ceases to amaze me where these people come up with scams from, from the sales staff at a car garage to government service school workers to the brother-in-law and his mates to the tuk-tuk drive scamming you.

Maybe some funds are automatically released if a warning is issued as you never know here in the murky world of Thai officialdom.
 

sicho

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Re: That sinking feeling of utter disbelief
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012, 09:46:07 PM »
Ah, Leb, I see now. Press an earthquake warning button and cash falls from the machine.

Never mind, if one hits the Brits., the Ambassador will be talking about it six months later so we have nothing to worry about.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: That sinking feeling of utter disbelief
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 10:25:19 PM »
I don't understand this. Where is the scam money in making false earthquake warnings?
Well it aint selling crash helmets thats for sure :evilgrin
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

sicho

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Re: That sinking feeling of utter disbelief
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2012, 08:43:38 AM »
I suppose that the hardware stores could make some last minute cash by hanging a sign like this outside:

 

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Re: That sinking feeling of utter disbelief
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2012, 08:51:57 AM »
Come now Saf, it never ceases to amaze me where these people come up with scams from, from the sales staff at a car garage to government service school workers to the brother-in-law and his mates to the tuk-tuk drive scamming you.

Maybe some funds are automatically released if a warning is issued as you never know here in the murky world of Thai officialdom.

And heaven forbid, don't ever complain when you discover you've been scammed for that would cause a tremendous loss of face for everyone and we can't have that happen here in the LOS.  We are required to bend over and take it up the as.s....and if we fail to comply, a gang of tuk-tuk drivers will show up within five minutes to sort out the problem in a fair and diplomatic fashion.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: That sinking feeling of utter disbelief
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 10:16:25 AM »
I suppose that the hardware stores could make some last minute cash by hanging a sign like this outside:

Get your last screw here
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: That sinking feeling of utter disbelief
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2012, 10:20:18 AM »
a gang of tuk-tuk drivers will show up within five minutes to sort out the problem in a fair and diplomatic fashion.
Super tuk tuk lady to the rescue
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

 



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