Connect with us


Tsunami drill in Phuket this month



PHUKET: The National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) has announced that a full-scale tsunami evacuation drill will be conducted simultaneously in the six Andaman coast provinces on September 13.

All 127 tsunami warning towers in the region will be sounded from 9:30am to 10:30am.

The 19 towers in Phuket are located at: Mai Khao, Nai Yang, Bang Tao, Kamala, Patong, Kata, Karon, Kata Noi, Nai Harn, Rawai, Ao Por, Laem Tukkae, Saphan Hin, Chalong Bay, Ao Yon, Koh Lon and Koh Racha.

While all 19 towers in Phuket will sound the alarm, there will be only one government-agency co-ordinated evacuation drill: at Loma Park in Patong.

In the other Andaman provinces, evacuation drills will be conducted at the tsunami memorial at Ban Nam Kem in Takuapa District, Phang Nga; at Ao Nang in Krabi; at Ban Bang Ben in Kapur District, Ranong; at Samran Beach in Trang; and at Tanyongpo School in La-ngu District in Satun.

The NDWC encourages all Phuket residents and tourists to take part in the drill.

Last year, a similar evacuation drill was held in Patong on August 21. More than 2,000 people took part in the event, led by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban.

As its list of actions to take to be prepared for a tsunami, the NDWC advises on its website:

• Find out whether your home is located in a tsunami risk zone.

• Know the height of the road at sea level and distance from road to shoreline.

• Be familiar with tsunami warning signs.

• Prepare evacuation plans.

• Choose a safe evacuation site in an elevated area.

• Have an evacuation and disaster kit ready.

• Stay away from beaches or coastal areas while a warning is in effect.

• Have a battery-operated radio for receiving information and news.

If a tsunami warning is sounded, the NDWC further advises:

• In case you hear an official tsunami warning or observe signs of a tsunami, leave the shoreline immediately and move boats to deep water.

• Listen to radio or TV for the latest emergency information.

• Stay away from coastal areas and go to higher ground for safer places.

• Help children, elderly and handicapped people in an evacuation.

• Return home only after authorities announce it is safe to do so.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Road deaths9 hours ago

Dead woman in car pulled out of Kanchana Buri canal

World10 hours ago

As Iran revolts, president vows to deal with protests

Election10 hours ago

POLL: Top 2 picks for prime minister are “nobody” and Ex-PM’s daughter

China11 hours ago

No word from China on Xi military coup whispers

Pattaya11 hours ago

Intoxicated Pattaya tourist allegedly punches elderly Australian man in face

Thailand12 hours ago

Thai TikTok star detained at Singapore airport over huge amount of cash

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Kanchanaburi13 hours ago

Kanchanaburi school director found dead in canal

Pattaya14 hours ago

Small children in Pattaya learn to get help when locked in hot cars

Chiang Mai15 hours ago

Heavy rains collapse part of Chiang Mai’s ancient city wall

Events15 hours ago

6-hour whiskey drinking contest draws criticism

Pattaya16 hours ago

Pattaya official urges mayor to expand legal nightlife zone

Thailand17 hours ago

Things you can do in Thailand during the rainy season

Indonesia17 hours ago

Earthquake in Indonesia felt throughout southern Thailand

Patong18 hours ago

Foreign women rescued from rip current in Patong

Thailand1 day ago

Woman smashes up her 1.5 million baht car over feud with Ford Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11