Thai officials reported in total that 25 tsunami towers sounded an alarm across Thailand at the same time, but there was thankfully no tsunami.
Our previous story:
The warning sounds were at the same time of an earthquake reported on Sumatra Island at 4.8 richters. However, there is NO tsunami warning from an earthquake.
Relevant officials have confirmed that tsunami sirens have not malfunctioned after a warning sound came from tsunami warning towers in Kamala, Karon, and Cherng Talay in the middle of the night on April 27th, 2023.
Now for the update:
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) originally reported the issue last week that on April 27th at 3:30 A.M. in total 25 tsunami towers sirens sounded alarms in 14 provinces across Thailand which were
- Two towers in Phang Nga at Baan Namkem and Koh Yao.
- Three towers in Phuket at Kata Beach, Kamala Beach and Laguna in Thalang.
- Three towers in Ranong at Kam Puan and Muang Kluang in Suk Samran and Kaper
- One tower in La Ngoo, Satun
- One tower in Mueang Narathiwat
- One tower in Pattani at Ya Ring
- Three towers in Krabi at Nong Talay and Sai Tai in Mueang Krabu and Neau Klong
- One tower in Nakhon Si Thammarat in Lansaka
- One tower on Phatthaung in Sri Nakarin district
- One tower in Chumphon at La Mae
- Five towers in Chonburi at Si Chang district
- One tower in Nong Bua Lamphu in Na Wang
- One tower in Kanchanaburi in Sai Yok
- One tower in Chiang Rai in Mae Fah Lueang district
The DDPM has confirmed that the tsunami sirens at these towers have not malfunctioned. Signals sent to these towers were from satellites. The signals from satellites have to be pushed by technicians with double password security.
Despite the DDPM saying this wasn’t a malfunction they have not explained in full exactly what it was but have asked the public not to call it an error or malfunction.
The incident is still under review, said the DDPM, but stressed once again there was no malfunction.