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    South upset by warnings of tsunami by fortune teller as 6th anniversary marked

    South upset by warnings of tsunami
    Psychic's claims spook locals, hurt bookings

    Published: 27/12/2010 at 12:00 AM
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    The government is working to dispel rumours sparked by a fortune teller that Andaman coastal provinces will be hit by a tsunami on Thursday.

    Anchalee Vanich, the prime minister's deputy secretary-general and a resident of Phuket, said a vigorous campaign was under way to reassure residents and tourists along the Andaman coast.

    Residents are frightened after a fortune teller predicted a tsunami would hit the region on Dec 30.

    Some tourists are reported to have cancelled their hotel bookings.

    Ms Anchalee insisted yesterday that early warning systems and contingency plans were in place and people could visit the provinces with confidence.

    Kruawan Jankaew, a geologist with Chulalongkorn University's faculty of science, said there was very little chance of a tsunami in the near future since there have been no warning signs.

    Phuwieng Prakhammintara, director of the Meteorological Department's earthquake and tsunami research and development division, said that while no one could predict the precise timing of an earthquake, the department had improved its monitoring systems and disaster response strategies.

    A remembrance ceremony was held yesterday in Phuket to mark the sixth anniversary of the tsunami that killed thousands in Thailand and almost 230,000 people around the Indian Ocean on Dec 26, 2004.

    Phuket governor Tri Akkhradecha said activities to mark the event were intentionally low-key.

    Religious rites, including alms-offering to monks, were held in Patong municipality, Laem Phet monastery, the offices of the Choeng Talay tambon administration organisation and at the Mai Khao cemetery.

    The tambon Kamala administration organisation collaborated with the Japan-Phuket association to hold a remembrance ceremony.

    Mr Tri added his voice to those urging people not to panic over the fortune teller's prediction, as he said the province had disaster preparedness strategies, warning systems and evacuation plans in place.

    Paiboon Upattisaring, chief of the Phuket provincial administration organisation, said the Patong municipality held a Light Up Phuket ceremony on Patong Beach yesterday.

    Residents and tourists lighted candles and placed them in the sand on the beach in memory of the victims of the 2004 catastrophe.

    In Ranong, the Andaman Coastal Research Station for Development of Kasetsart University staged a ceremony at Ban Thapnuea on Prapas Beach in Suk Samran district. More than 30,000 sea bass and 30,000 Babylon shells were released into the sea off Prapas Beach as part of the event.

    Eighty-nine people, including 10 university staff members, were killed when the 2004 tsunami hit Prapas Beach.

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    Re: South upset by warnings of tsunami by fortune teller as 6th anniversary marked

    Tsunami anniversary brings back sad memories
    By The Nation
    Published on December 27, 2010

    People gathered in six tsunami-hit provinces yesterday to remember those who lost their lives in tidal waves six years ago.

    In Krabi, more than 300 people attended an event held to mark the anniversary of The tsunami disaster on Phi Phi Island.
    Buddhist, Islamic and Christian rites were held in dedication to the victims. The tsunami killed up to 700 people on Phi Phi alone.
    Tambon Ao Nang Administrative Organisation chairman Phankham Kittithorakun said the event was organised to remember those who passed away and also to make people aware of how to react in events when emergencies arise.
    "Proper response will minimise losses," he said.

    In Phang Nga, about 500 people attended the event held to mark the tsunami, observing a silence of one minute in front of The tsunami Monument at Ban Nam Khem.
    Many mourners still looked very sad.
    "I can't forget what happened. I lost so many relatives to the tsunami," Anan Duangsai said, holding pictures of nine family members
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    At another commemorative event in Takua Pa district, some 300 people showed up but very few foreigners were seen.

    In Phuket, commemorative events were held at various spots. In front of the Laem Petch monastery, people gave alms to 130 monks in memory of the victims.
    In the province's Thalang district, religious rites were conducted at the Mai Khao Cemetery where disaster-victim identification once took place. Flags of 39 countries hang on a commemorative wall there, as foreign tourists were among tsunami victims.
    However, just three Germans showed up to place flower garlands in front of the wall during the ceremony yesterday.

    At another commemorative event in Takua Pa district, some 300 people showed up but again only a few foreigners were seen.

    On Kamala Beach, the Tambon Kamala Administrative Organisation, in collaboration with the Japan-Phuket Association, brought in nine Japanese monks to pray for those who died in the tsunami.
    A large number of Japanese tourists were killed when the tidal waves swept across the beach in late 2004.
    Japanese ambassador Kojima Seiji was present at yesterday's ceremony.

    In the evening, people lit candles and placed them on Patong Beach to mourn the deaths of tsunami victims.
    In Ranong, just over 100 people attended the ceremonies that marked The tsunami incident.
    "Locals are now more responsive when they hear earthquake warnings," a woman said.
    Ranong disaster-prevention-and-mitigation chief Chasant Kongruang said an early warning system was now in place. "Even if tidal waves hit again, [heavy] loss should be avoidable," he said.
    In two other tsunami-hit provinces of Trang and Satun, commemorative events were held but with little fanfare.

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    Re: South upset by warnings of tsunami by fortune teller as 6th anniversary marked

    There are always people who will believe in superstition and think it's reality, that's why the world is in such a mess, especially when religious superstition gets control.

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    Re: South upset by warnings of tsunami by fortune teller as 6th anniversary marked

    At least Phuket and other places have had Tsunami drills; the issues are being taken seriously.

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    Re: South upset by warnings of tsunami by fortune teller as 6th anniversary marked

    Yes run quickly to high ground, and don't waist time catching stranded fish on the beach when the tide recedes quickly.

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    Re: South upset by warnings of tsunami by fortune teller as 6th anniversary marked

    Photos & article from Pattaya Daily News


    http://www.pattayadailynews.com/en/2...-2004-tsunami/

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