In the wake of the Palu tsunami in Sulawesi, many Phuketians have asked us to check if the island’s tsunami warning system is working.
Good news. All 19 of Phuket’s tsunami warning towers are fully operational. Only a few of them had minor problems with their audio alarm, according to the Phuket DDPM Chief.
Another Indonesian earthquake, this time a shallow 7.5 magnitude quake, caused a 2-3 metre high tsunami that Palu in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Read more about that tsunami event HERE.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket Office (Phuket-DDPM) Chief Prapan Kanprasang says, “We have 19 Tsunami warning towers – 11 towers in Mueang District, 4 towers in Kathu District and 4 towers in Thalang District.”
“All 19 Tsunami warning towers are tested every Wednesday at 8am by playing the Thai national anthem.”
“Yesterday we found that all the towers are working. Only some of them had problems with the sound. At the beginning the sound is loud but it fades after 5 minutes – this was the case in front of Kamala Police Station and at Nai Harn Beach in Rawai.”
The warnings are still being sent to the central monitoring system.
“We are urgently fixing the audio problems”