Associate Professor Pun Thongchumnum, Deputy Dean of the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, revealed that the latest opinion survey on Thai and foreign visitors to Phuket found that 91.68 percent did not believe that the island will ever sink, while 6.44 percent were buying the rumors.
The survey, conducted on April 26th, asked 512 respondents through the 'accidental sampling' method.
Mr. Pun said that more than 8 in 10 of the sample population saw the sinking rumors as a serious damage to Phuket's money-making tourism industry. The survey also found that 66.53 percent have studied more about earthquake and related natural disasters.
At the same time, as most people have been worried by such rumors, they are urging all related state agencies to step up necessary measures, including the evacuation plan, to cope with any undesirable circumstances.