Monday, October 27, 2014
5.3 earthquake felt in Phuket
Thailand on Monday (today) is greeted with a 5.3 magnitude earthquake off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra. Report from Seismological Bureau provided no further details apart from the residents of Phuket being able to felt it. There was also no damage to establishments or any reported casualties.
According the bureau's website, the earthquake occurred at 7:02 am - a little more than 2 hours at the time of writing. Its epicenter is 24km beneath the waters off northern Sumatra or about 250km southwest of Phuket.
It can be recalled that on December 26, 2004, over 230,000 people from 14 countries lost their lives when the Indian Plate was subducted by the Burma Plate and triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean. Indonesia was hit the hardest, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.