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Expert calls for NDWC to revise tsunami warning protocol

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PHUKET: Lertsin Raksaskulwong, director of the Environmental Geology and Geohazard Bureau under the Department of Mineral Resources, yesterday called for the National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) to revise its procedure for issuing tsunami warnings.

Speaking at a meeting at Provincial Hall held to review Phuket’s tsunami-response procedures, Mr Lertsin said, “The events of April 11 were chaos. It seemed they asked people to evacuate [tsunami-risk areas] immediately after announcing the earthquake.

“Actually, with any earthquakes more than 7.5 Richter [in magnitude], they need to clearly announce that the earthquake has happened before going to the next steps of announcing a tsunami watch alert and [if necessary] an evacuation order,” he added.

Mr Lertsin said that he had been asked previously about the tsunami warning buoys. “The tsunami warning buoys are still working but people failed to act on them,” he said.

However, Mr Lertsin added that the NDWC was now aware of the problems encountered on April 11. “They are trying to fix their system.” he said.

Bhuritt Maswongsa, the Phuket Tourist Association Vice President for Marketing, called for better evacuation controls.

“After the announcement [of the earthquake], many people started to evacuate beach areas. Crowded cars moved out of Patong and became stuck in traffic on the way up to the hills, such as the road on the hills hill between Surin and Kamala.

“Imagine if a tsunami came, many people trying to get to the top of the hills would die,” he said.

Speaking about the April 16 earthquake centered at Baan Bang Kham in Srisoonthorn, Thalang, and the ensuing aftershocks, Mr Lertsin urged people not to panic.

“If people feel tremors or an earthquake happening, the should follow safety instructions to protect themselves. They should evacuate to open areas or crouch under a table to make sure that things do not fall on them,” he said.

The geology expert dismissed rumors that an impending earthquake, predicted to strike on April 28, will “sink” Phuket.

“The base of the island is solid granite from hardened lava. It’s truly strong. So it is impossible for an earthquake to sink Phuket,” Mr Lertsin said.

Srisoonthorn Mayor Worawut Songyos said that more than 200 houses have been reported as damaged by the April 16 earthquake.

“We will examine all the houses to find out how much damage they have sustained and how much it will cost to fix them. We estimate it will cost from 5,000 to 20,000 baht for each house,” he said.

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after a viral video clip in local social media.

The Patong Police report that the clip of tourists who have been driving their motorbikes at high speed around the streets of Patong has been very popular and provided them with a lot of information about the locations, the bikes and the riders.

Police are now investigating the incident to find the people on the bikes so they can charge them and take legal action.

Every month they say there are about 2,000 cases as Patong Police enforce the road rules around the tourist town. Patong Traffic Police say they are strictly enforcing traffic rules to prevent road accidents and protect tourists.

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling?

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by Krix Luther

The word is out about self-myofascial release – foam rolling – and, no, Thailand people, this doesn’t have to do with a ‘soapy’ or ‘happy-endings’.

So what is foam rolling you ask? Well, it was once a secretive technique used by professional coaches and therapists but has become a regular practice for people across the spectrum of all fitness levels.

Self-myofascial release is just a fancy term for a technique of self-massage that helps deal with muscle tightness and trigger points.

With a massage parlour never being farther than a kilometre away, and decent one-hour massage costing you less than 500 baht, it might be difficult to see the point of learning the technique – which would explain why I always see a bunch of rarely used foam rollers in the corner of Nai Harn Gym in Phuket (one of the places I work).

Nonetheless, the understanding of your body and muscle structures that comes with practising the technique can offer many benefits.

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents chances of DOMS
  • Reduces post-workout stress
  • Helps with post-workout cooldown
  • Reduces recovery time
  • Prevents training-related injuries
  • Reduces chances of overtraining

The practice can be done with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane or your own hands by simply applying pressure to specific points on your body, aiding in the recovery of muscles and assisting in returning them to normal function. We can think of ‘normal function’ as when your muscles are elastic, healthy and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

Foam rolling after a workout will provide deep compression that will help relax tight muscles and adhesions (fibrous bands) between muscle layers and their surroundings. The benefits of foam rolling are outstanding, in addition to increasing blood flow, which will speed up muscle recovery. Foam rolling can be used for a variety of corrective bodywork.

It can loosen muscles to re-balance posture, re-establish proper movement patterns, enhance performance and help create pain-free movement.

Stretching alone is not always enough when it comes to releasing the tightness, which makes the technique very helpful. Additionally, you are able to feel exactly what is happening and adjust the pressure so that it is uncomfortable, but not unbearable – not always the case when it comes to the toes of your Thai masseuse digging into your back.

Krix Luther has been a Personal Trainer in Phuket for more than 10 years, he specialises in weight loss, strength & conditioning, TRX and CrossFit. For more information about Krix and his services, visit krixluther.com

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash

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A 74 year old motorbike driver has died after colliding with a high speed taxi in Thalang this morning.

The Thalang Police headed to the accident near an intersection of Thepkrasattri – Nai Yang Road in Thalang at 7.40am.

When they arrived they found a damaged taxi. Nearby they located the damaged motorbike.

74 year old Somchai Uttasaha, the motorbike driver, was taken to the Thalang Hospital but was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Police report that the taxi was traveling at high speed. The driver was 48 year old Prasert Malitong.

When the taxi arrived at the location of the incident, the motorbike was allegedly traveling outside his proper traffic lane.  The taxi collided with the motorbike at speed.

The taxi driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

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