National Disaster Warning Center: Slim chance of major quake in Thailand


BANGKOK, 21 April 2012  – The National Disaster Warning Center has affirmed that there is a slim chance for Thailand to experience a major earthquake while assuring that the country’s warning system is of high efficiency. 

During this week’s “Yingluck Government Meets the People” program, National Disaster Warning Center director, Group Captain Somsak Khaosuwan said that the public should not panic over recent earthquake and aftershocks in the South of Thailand, as the chance of major tremors in the country is very small.

Mr. Somsak added that experts have also estimated that the largest quake that can occur in Thailand will not measure at more than 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale.

He also stated that regular, but small quakes can do good to the country as the accumulated seismic energy underground is gradually released. They also help assure that the warning systems Thailand has installed are of high efficiency and work as planned.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyoot Wichaidit asserted that the government has always been prepared to cope with any disaster even though the possibility of a major earthquake in Thailand is not big.

He also affirmed that Phuket will not go under water on April 27th-28th as rumors have suggested while asking the public to keep monitoring news from the government for more accurate updates.