Tsunami warning causes confusion

A TSUNAMI alert for Krabi was cancelled yesterday after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the Sumatran northern coast in Indonesia.

The National Disaster Warning Centre (NDWC) issued an warning for Krabi and the rest of the Andaman coast a 13:18 but this was cancelled by 14:11.

An NDWC spokesman said: “We cancelled the alert after we didn’t detect any waves.”

A similar event occurred on April 7 in Phuket when a 7.5 magnitude quake originating in a similar region of Indonesia caused widespread panic with many of the island’s beaches  evacuated.

Both these earthquakes came from the same faultline which caused the 9.3 magnitude 2004 boxing day tsunami which claimed thousands of lives.

But experts have played down whether any quake lower than eight on the Richter scale should be treated as potentially hazardous as there are doubts whether they realistically pose a threat to Thailand.

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