BANGKOK, March. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Thailand will begin to draw up evacuation
plans for provinces along its southern coastline after waves of underwater
tremors struck the region last week.
"The situation is worrying and we want to alert local authorities and
people so that they can prepare for an evacuation"if a big quake strikes, Smith
Dharmasarojana, the head of the National Committee on Natural Disaster Warning,
was quoted by Bangkok Post as saying Monday.
He added more quakes could led to an eruption of underwater volcanoes,
which could trigger a tsunami again.
On Dec. 26, 2004, an unprecedented tsunami triggered by earthquake swept
the six southern provinces of Thailand, killing some 5,400 people. The fatal
wave also took a toll of more than 220,000 people worldwide.
According to committee, 39 quakes ranging from magnitude 4.0 to5.3 have
been detected near the Andaman Island between Mar 9-12. The epicenter of the
tremor was located 20 km below seabed, the same depth as the 2004 Indian Ocean
Smith said they have been closely monitoring quakes and the warning system
is working well. But the government so far has no plans to issue an evacuation
"We will issue warning once we detect something strong
like a tsunami," he added. Enditem