THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Tsunami warning buoy off Phuket out of action ‘until November’

PHUKET: Thailand’s sole deep-water tsunami-warning buoy is out of action and will not be replaced until November, but is no cause for alarm, the National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) told The Phuket News today (June 20).

disasterstechnologymarinetourism
By Chanida Summast

Monday 20 June 2016, 06:00PM


The tsunami-detection buoy installed about 1,100km off Phuket two years ago is no longer working. Disaster officials believe the battery is dead, and cannot replace it until November. photo: NDWC

The tsunami-detection buoy installed about 1,100km off Phuket two years ago is no longer working. Disaster officials believe the battery is dead, and cannot replace it until November. photo: NDWC

Rear-Admiral Thaworn Charoendee, expert oceanographer at the NDWC, today confirmed that the nation’s tsunami-warning centre was aware that the buoy, located about 1,100km off the Andaman coast, has not been transmitting data for at least three months.

We believe the battery on the buoy has died,” said R/Adm Thaworn.

We cannot replace it until the (southwest) monsoon is over, in about November. The seas are too rough right now, even for a large ship to recover the current buoy and replace it with a functioning one,” he said.

The buoy, technically called a Deep-Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART) buoy, was installed over two years ago, after the previous DART buoy was found adrift. At the time, experts noted that the buoy would have a usable life of about two years. (See story here.)

The NDWC has only one (deep-water) tsunami buoy in action at any one time,” R/Adm Thaworn explained. “We have a second one that we use when the one in the ocean needs repairs or maintenance.”

Replacing the DART buoy with a functioning will cost about B20 million, he added.

QSI International School Phuket

“Depending on the weather, it takes about five to six days to travel to change the new one – but not more than six days,” R/Adm Thaworn said.

But there is no cause for alarm, R/Adm Thaworn noted. “The NDWC works with other countries, such as India and Indonesia, which have their own tsunami-warning buoys as part of a tsunami early-detection network (the “Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System”).

“We have people monitoring the tsunami-warning system 24 hours a day. If an earthquake strikes, we will assess and inform the relevant departments if the earthquake has triggered a tsunami,” he said.

Thailand is looking to install a new direct-detection tsunami-warning buoy of its own, much closer to Thai coast, R/Adm added.

We will have another one about 200km west of Moo Koh Surin. It will be installed within two months at a cost of about B30 million,” he said.

The new buoy off Moo Koh Surin will become Thailand’s third direct-detection buoy off the Andaman coast.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Rorii | 22 June 2016 - 17:18:49

These buoys do in fact transmit status information, they would have known well before "failure" that the batteries, needed maintenance, but look at history, a few years ago, they "lost" the buoy, at another time the batteries also "failed" but the biggest failure/sign of incompetence, was that they also FAILED to pay the fees for the satellite link, required to monito...

Kurt | 21 June 2016 - 14:47:41

Confirmed that the buoys was already not working 3 months.
Now battery can' be replaced because of the Monsoon season and must wait until November.  Funny.
2, 3 months ago it was not monsoon season.
Why was the battery not replaced before the monsoon season started?

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
No evidence to back claim of Koh Tao rape, say police

Ben,,as you didn't witness anything,why judging the RTP? So far there is only a woman saying she...(Read More)


Police warn of more Veg Fest traffic jams in Phuket Town

Pascale, I think you missed the point kurt was making.....(Read More)


Police warn of more Veg Fest traffic jams in Phuket Town

Why must we Thalang dwellers make that death drive into Phuket Town to visit Immigration for our var...(Read More)


Police warn of more Veg Fest traffic jams in Phuket Town

Mr.K,Phuket isn't the only place in the world where traffic delays occur during festivals. You ...(Read More)


Blockbuster drug haul worth over B2bn in Chiang Rai

Well done,RTP. Mr.K,have you ever thought about that those factories possibly are in Myanmar ? There...(Read More)


No evidence to back claim of Koh Tao rape, say police

All baloney-nothing but a white-wash. This was a pathetic PR mission to the UK to discredit the girl...(Read More)


Police warn of more Veg Fest traffic jams in Phuket Town

First 'we' create a traffic mess and long delays on Phuket main roads when people drive to g...(Read More)


Patong raid nets more than 4,000 items of fake-brand clothing

Looks like Khun Prasarn and Khun Siriphong refused to turn in their brown envelopes this month. Funn...(Read More)


Patong raid nets more than 4,000 items of fake-brand clothing

Guess, after raiding 2 stalls the police truck was full, not able to target more stalls. On the othe...(Read More)


Blockbuster drug haul worth over B2bn in Chiang Rai

Let's hope that during transport from Chiang Rai province not a few fertilizer bags felt of the ...(Read More)


 

Melbourne Cup 2018