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Thai Tsunami Warning

Thai village evacuated due to tsunami warning

Bronwen Evans, eTN Ambassador  Aug 11, 2009

Phang Nga, Thailand - About 400 residents of the Ban Nam Khem village here were evacuated early Tuesday morning following warnings that a tsunami could hit their shore.

Maitree Jongkraijak, a coordinator of the village, told Thai newspaper The Nation that a text message warning from the National Disaster Monitoring Centre was received at about two minutes after midnight about a possible tsunami because of a quake in the Indian Ocean.

Jongkraijak then alerted 60 volunteers to be on standby. When another text message warning arrived at 5:00 am, he and the volunteers woke up other residents of the community and led about 400 of them to Ban Nam Khem School, which is a 3-storey building.

The residents returned home at 7:00 am when the center sent another text message canceling the tsunami warning.

The Ban Nam Khem village was devastated by a tsunami in December 2004.

Thai village evacuated due to tsunami warning
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