Connect with us

Phuket

Tsunami warning tower daily tests start tomorrow

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

Tsunami warning tower daily tests start tomorrow | Thaiger

PHUKET: The National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) has announced that about 9 am each day – starting tomorrow – it will audibly test its 79 tsunami warning towers along the Andaman Coast.

NDWC staff hydrologist Jumleang Chutab told the Gazette that the siren towers have been regularly tested since their construction, but only on a “silent” basis.

Under the new testing the speakers will sound daily about 9 am in order to ensure they are functioning properly.

The speakers will not sound at full volume, nor will they carry any of the siren sounds or voice messages to be played during a real emergency, she said.

Aroon Kerdsom, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Office for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (ODPM), told the Gazette that the audio testing will consist of little more than amplifying the sound of a “knock on a microphone”.

The sounds, expected to last just a few minutes, will be audible within a radius of about 50 to 70 meters, he said.

The NDWC plans to arrange a large-scale system test and evacuation drill in about three months, he added.

The tests are being conducted to increase public confidence in the system set up by the NDWC, which has faced criticism by some parties for not conducting regular, audible testing of its siren towers.

The first three siren towers installed in Patong have not been audibly tested since they were modified last year to adapt to the satellite technology used by the Thai-American consortium that won the government bid to install 62 towers in the region.

The NDWC also offers a service to hotels to have their own in-house tsunami warning systems using signals sent by the NDWC. So far only one hotel in the region has invested the 200,000 baht needed to install the technology.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

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.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Koh Samui18 mins ago

Surge in new Covid infections on Koh Samui

Coronavirus (Covid-19)39 mins ago

Private clinics in Bangkok enlisted to help with home isolation Covid patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

PM hosts online meeting with governors of dark red provinces over Covid crisis

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: Record high of 17,669 cases and 165 deaths

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Phetchabun sugar factory closes with Covid-19 cluster

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Police investigate hackers selling stolen vaccine appointments

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Chon Buri11 hours ago

Driver blames GPS for durian truck wedged under overpass

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

Despite low riders, Covid-19 train to continue

Pattaya15 hours ago

Planning for “Pattaya Move On” reopening scheme continues

Best of16 hours ago

Top 5 cookie shops in Bangkok

Drugs16 hours ago

Marine police seize 30 kilograms of methamphetmine from squid fishing boat

Thailand16 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Bars defy bans, Sandbox ‘still on’, vaccine rush | July 28

Thailand18 hours ago

Thailand to apply for Guinness World Record for longest petrified log

Coronavirus (Covid-19)18 hours ago

Koh Samui bar and club finds 16 Covid-19 infections

Best of19 hours ago

Kanchanaburi’s 5 coolest hotels

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Phuket5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending