Tonga tragedy prompts PM to check if Thailand’s ready for an additional tsunami

That reminds me… The current volcanic eruption on the island of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai in Tonga has prompted the Thai PM to verify Thailand’s preparedness in the event of one other tsunami. According to a Nation Thailand report, the PM has instructed relevant agencies to control developments in Tonga and to make sure Thailand’s disaster warning system is working.
Government spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul says the Tonga eruption over the weekend happened around 9,500 kilometres off the coast of the southern Thai province of Narathiwat. Snap was so huge it prompted tsunami warnings and advisories for a number of nations across the Pacific Ocean, together with American Samoa, New Zealand, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Australia, Japan, and the US.
Nation Thailand stories that Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department says the dominion has 2 tsunami detection buoys, one in the Indian Ocean and one in the Andaman Sea. The Indian Ocean buoy points a warning round 2 hours prematurely of a tsunami hitting, whereas the one in the Andaman Sea provides a 45-minute advance warning. However, the department says the Andaman Sea buoy needs to be replaced.
“The Indian Ocean buoy is in working situation, however the one within the Andaman Sea has floated away from its position and the department is getting another buoy ready instead.”
On December 26, 2004, an earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean which killed roughly 227,898 people in 14 international locations, together with an estimated 8,000 in Thailand..

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