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New tsunami warning buoy installed off Phuket



A tsunami-warning buoy, valued at 12 million baht, is to be installed off the coast of Phuket, to replace the one that had been broken two years ago. It replaces one that hasn’t been working for 18 months. Two buoys were originally placed several hundred kilometres offshore in the original tsunami warning system following the 2004 Boxing Day tragedy.

The buoy, on board the MV SEAFDEC that departed Phuket yesterday afternoon, is being installed 290 kilometres off the Phuket coast.

This buoy will replace the one that stopped transmitting signals after a passing ship crashed into it, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chayapol Thitisak said before the MV SEAFDEC was sent on its mission.

Watch Tim Newton’s report about the tsunami warning bouys HERE.

Thailand has two tsunami-warning buoys, one located 290 kilometres northwest to Phuket/Phang Nga coast and another located 190 kilometres away, he said.

Once both buoys are operational, along with the international network of tsunami-warning systems in the Indian and Pacific oceans, Thailand will be able to get tsunami warnings well in time, he added.

Chayapol said this expensive buoy will be protected from accidents by bright signs and will be marked in all shipping route maps.

He emphasised that Thailand’s tsunami-warning system was of international standards.

“We also have more than 2,000 disaster warning towers along the coast. These are sufficient,” he said.“

“In case Thailand is hit by another tsunami the public should follow warnings from government agencies and not panic.”

The authorities learned that the previous buoy had stopped sending signals since October 2017, National Disaster Warning Centre director-general Suppapimit Paorik said.

“After the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami devastated many countries, including Thailand, and killed as many as 230,000 people, the Thai authorities have been working to improve the Kingdom’s preparedness and relief measuresNew tsunami warning buoy installed off Phuket | News by Thaiger.”


SOURCE: The Nation


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