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Tsunami threat: Prayuth orders authorities to up their game as faulty early warning buoy revealed


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It has been revealed that a buoy in the Andaman sea to warn of a possible tsunami is broken. 

 

The news comes as the pacific region is still reeling from the huge undersea volcanic eruption off Tonga that caused deaths as far away as Peru and which could be heard in the US.

 

Siam Rath reported that the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation have two early warning buoys. 

 

There is one in the Indian Ocean that is working normally giving 1 hour 45 minutes of warning.

 

But the one in the Andaman needs to be replaced. That used to give a 45 minute warning.

 

Thai government spokesman Thanakorn Wangbunkhongchana said that premier Prayuth Chan-ocha is concerned about this. 

 

He order the authorities concerned to hurry up and make sure that Thailand has an effective early warning system in place. 

 

Thousands died in Thailand in the Boxing Day 2004 Asian Tsunami with close to a quarter of a million deaths throughout the whole of the continent and in Africa. 

 

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1 minute ago, Mr Meeseeks said:

18 years after the tragedy and they still haven't managed to implement this, probably down to lack of maintenance and lack of funding.

 

Reading between the lines it seems it was implemented, But now one of the systems is no longer functioning.

 

Did we did read the same article ?

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Siam Rath reported that the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation have two early warning buoys

50% efficiency... about normal then.

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5 hours ago, Tropicalevo said:

The warning buoy in the Andaman sea has been out of action for some years.

Good to see that the PM is on top of his game.

As also the public warning system but no one was interested when they were informed.

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11 hours ago, Ralf001 said:

Reading between the lines it seems it was implemented, But now one of the systems is no longer functioning.

 

Did we did read the same article ?

Well there's quite some history, re this subject, of failure, faults, lack of maintenance, ultimately an absolute disgrace.

 

Given the above it does seem that minitoring/maintaining equipment gets very low/no priority.

 

Sad.

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