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Phuket Opens 'Village Watch' Earthquake Monitoring Center

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Phuket opens 'village watch' earthquake monitoring center

Phuket Gazette

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Srisoonthorn Mayor Worawut Songyot and Phuket Vice Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada presided over the opening of the earthquake monitoring center last night.

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Local villagers turned out in force to launch the new 'village watch' earthquake monitoring center in central Phuket's Srisoonthorn subdistrict, which has been identified as the epicenter of the 4.3-Richter earthquake on Monday. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

PHUKET: -- Srisoonthorn Municipality have set up an ‘earthquake monitoring center’ after discovering that Thalang was at the epicenter of the recent aftershocks that rattled Phuket.

The center aims to provide accurate information and to warn local villagers in the case of an emergency, said Srisoonthorn Mayor Worawut Songyot.

“The earthquake monitoring center has been established to coordinate efforts in the event of future quakes,” Mayor Worawut said.

“We will use village headmen and community leaders in the area as sources of information for our center and as conduits of communication with locals. They will be able to communicate with the center by radio to provide the center with detailed information about earthquakes [in the area],” Mr Worawut said.

“Villagers will be educated on what to do during an earthquake and how to handle the situation,” he added.

The decision to open the center follows Srisoonthorn Municipality receiving Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) research data that indicated that Thalang was the epicenter of 4.3-Richter earthquake on Monday and the aftershocks that followed, Mayor Worawut explained.

More than 200 houses were damaged by the recent earthquakes, according to a report given to Phuket Vice Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada by the Srisoonthorn Municipality.

Vice Governor Chamroen presided over the opening of the center last night.

“We are now providing help to people who were affected by the earthquake, especially in the epicenter area around Srisoonthorn,” said V/G Chamroen.

“In addition to the houses damaged in Srisoonthorn, we have also received reports that many houses in Pa Khlok were damaged. A team of inspectors will assess the damage there,” he added.

“Anyone with information about an earthquake are asked to report it by calling the center at 076-617803 or 076-617804. The center will have staff on duty 24 hours a day, every day,” added Mr Worawut.

Source: http://www.phuketgaz...ticle12836.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2012-04-20

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I see no mention of coordinating, police, fire, medical and rescue services, sounds like a poor version of a civil defense system.

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Let's see what the OP has said. They are setting up the equivalent of a neigborhood watch program to watch for earthquakes. Actually, you can feel them in your sleep, not much to watch for other than strange animal behavior. They somehow conjecture that earthquakes are somehow connected with the weather, hence the reliance on the weatherman for earthquake analysis after the fact. The new watch group is to be the authority on earthquakes, and then the say if anybody has any information about any earthquakes, please call and tell the watch group.

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