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Phuket tsunami drill to play national anthem, not sirens

All 19 tsunami-warning towers in Phuket will undergo a live test at 1:30pm tomorrow (Wednesday, Mar 30), but instead of the multi-language tsunami warning and siren, the towers will play the national anthem.

warning towerThe news came as officials began a two-day annual emergency drill in Phuket Town today (Mar 29).

The exercise is a collaborative effort by Phuket Provincial Office, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Phuket City Municipality and the Royal Phuket City Hotel.

The simulated emergency response and disaster-management drill is based on the scenario of an 8.3-magnitude earthquake striking south of the Nicobar Islands – specifically at Latitude 6.23885 and Longitude 94.59228 – at a depth of 30 kilometres.

According to the simulation brief, the underwater earthquake creates a tsunami and building collapse at Royal Phuket City Hotel in Phuket Town.

The exercise also includes a simulation of a tour boat sinking at Manoh Pier on Koh Yao Yai island, east of Phuket.

“The drill aims to provide extensive emergency evacuation, communication knowledge and skills to officials, rescue workers and volunteers and test all 19 emergency warning towers across the island,” the DDPM Regional Centre 18 reported today.

“Officials urge residents not to panic when the warning towers sound,” said the notice.

As part of the drill, participants this morning attended a natural disaster exhibition and discussed plans for emergency preparedness and this afternoon underwent training.

The actual drill will be from 1:30pm to 5pm with the car park at the Royal Phuket City Hotel as the centre of activities.

Phuket News

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