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Villagers worry as aftershocks continue to rock Phuket

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PHUKET: The fourth and largest tremor of the day hit Phuket at 3:10pm today, a 3.3 magnitude tremor clearly felt across the island with a large sonic boom clearly heard at the offices of the Phuket Gazette, about eight kilometers southeast of the epicenter near the municipal market in Thalang.

Other tremors recorded by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) earthquake monitoring station today are:
1:18pm: 1.9 Richter
9:57am: 2.6 Richter
2:34am: 3.2 Richter

Srisoonthorn Municipality sent out a “confidence building” team early this morning to calm local villagers following the 3.2 Richter event at 2.43am.

Srisoonthorn Mayor Worawut Songyot said while the quakes scared many people, others were just carrying on with life as normal.

“The aftershock [early this morning] scared many people, especially the elderly. However, the earthquake monitoring center will watch the situation closely. There is nothing to worry about,” said Mayor Worawut.

“Regardless, I will visit villagers with my team to cheer them up and see if any damage occurred from last night’s event,” he added.

Thalang District Chief Naruenart Supattaraprateep yesterday called community leaders and village headmen from all subdistricts to a meeting at Thalang District Office.
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The main purpose was to inform community leaders how best help villagers affected by the 4.3 Richter scale earthquake on April 16, which had its epicenter at Baan Lipon and Bangkham Moo 2 Srisoonthorn, Thalang.

Chief Naruenart said the earthquake on April 16 was not just felt in all six Thalang subdistricts. It scared many people, but only caused minor damage to a few dwellings, he said.

Thalang District Office is accepting applications from residents whose houses were damaged and want assistance from Phuket Province to help cover the cost of repairs.

“So far residents from 104 homes in the Srisoonthorn area and 10 in Pa Khlok have registered. We are now inspecting other areas of Thalang, including our own office, which has developed quite a few cracks,” he added.

Chief Naruenart requested all 46 community leaders to inspect damages in their areas of responsibility and submit reports back to him today for submission to the Phuket Governor.

Homes with partial damage are eligible for 20,000 baht, while those completely destroyed can apply for 30,000 baht, he said.

“I have not yet received any reports of homes completely destroyed,” Chief Naruenart said.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

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

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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