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We are worried quake concern spreads across country
« on: April 20, 2012, 12:46:59 PM »
Wave of quake concern spreads across country

BANGKOK: -- The recent quakes in Phuket sparked concerns across the country over potential future disasters.
Discussions on earthquake emergencyresponse and disaster-prevention plans have since been held in many provinces.

"We are worried. Many of us have raised the issue of safety measures and earlywarning systems," South Tourism Federation secretary general Kannikar Eawsakun said yesterday.

The stampede of coastal residents and tourists on April 11 in the wake of the 8.6magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra has underlined the lack of adequate preparations.

"The scenes were chaotic. The authorities have not yet designated safe areas for evacuation," Kannikar said.

Samniang Maneerat, acting chief of Ranong's disaster prevention and mitigation, said there was no evacuation zones designated in Mueang Ranong district because the area was previously seen as safe.

"We will convene a meeting with relevant agencies to decide which areas should be declared muster points and safe zones," she said.

Bangkok Council president Suttichai Weerakulsunthorn said the tremor from the Phuket quake had been felt by people in highrise buildings in the capital.

"We may need to review laws related to quakes and fire," he said.

The owners of highrise buildings in Bangkok will also be invited to a meeting on emergency response and necessary measures, he added.

"Our teams from the Public Works Department will inspect skyscrapers in the capital to determine whether they have adequate systems to deal with earthquakes," Suttichai said.

In Mae Hong Son, the director of an irrigation project expressed concerns about the risk of a dam bursting in the wake of a big quake.

"Huai Mae Hong Song Dam would not be able to accommodate a quake measuring more than magnitude 7," Katanyu Janchuen said.

"If it bursts, water will swamp Mueang Mae Hong Son Municipality within 15 minutes," he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit, however, urged the public not to be overly concerned. "Quakes happen in Japan frequently. Things may sway but people can live normal lives," he said.
The Nation
Engineering Institute: Earthquake could strike in North, West

BANGKOK, 20 April 2012 (NNT) – The Engineering Institute of Thailand under His Majesty the King’s Patronage (EIT) said although Phuket is faced with several aftershocks, the province is safe from big quakes; but another earthquake could strike in the North or West instead.

The EIT said the 9.1-magnitude earthquake in 2004 and the 8.4-magnitude earthquake on April 11th in Indonesia have made a shift underground, releasing energy upward. The Indo-Australia Plate is moving toward the Eurasian Plate. It stated that the movement could cause an 8.5-9 on the Richter scale earthquake in deep water around Myanmar and Nicobar Islands. The quake could possibly create a tsunami.

The Institute explained that once the earthquake occurs, it would take two more hours before a tsunami hits Thailand’s Andaman coast, adding that the time of the earthquake is unpredictable, so people must be prepared.

As for the frequent minor quakes in Phuket, the expert does not worry about their impacts as the small tremors do not stimulate large quakes. However, the EIT warns residents in the North and West to be cautious about possible earthquake as the fault lines have collected tremendous energy, which is waiting to be released.
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