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  • Airlines voice confidence in Phuket Airport emergency evacuation measures

    Airlines voice confidence in Phuket Airport emergency evacuation measures

    PHUKET: Following the evacuation of Phuket International Airport after the 8.6-Richter earthquake on April 11, several airlines on Friday expressed their confidence in how officials handle the emergency exercise. At a press conference at the airport chaired by Airport Director Prathuang Sornkham, Thai Airways representative Jittrapong Narongwanich said all airlines that use Phuket Airport remain confident in the evacuation procedures following the April 11 evacuation.

  • Phuket Opinion: Tsunami evacuation shortfalls resurface

    Phuket Opinion: Tsunami evacuation shortfalls resurface

    PHUKET: THE pair of powerful earthquakes that struck off the coast of Sumatra on April 11 served as the perfect ‘live test’ of Thailand’s preparedness to conduct emergency evacuation of tsunami risk areas, exposing, once again, serious shortcomings in the government’s ability to relay important information to the public in a timely fashion.

  • Buses roll out of Phuket Bus Terminal 2

    Buses roll out of Phuket Bus Terminal 2

    PHUKET: The Phuket Bus Terminal 2 finally went into operation this morning – more than 28 months after the completion of the structure. “I think the first day has gone well so far,” said Phuket Land Transport Office (PLTO) chief Teerayut Prasertpol. Mr Teerayut estimated that about 70 per cent of the public is already aware that almost all inter-provincial buses will operate out of the new station, which is located on Thepkrasattri Road southbound in Rassada, not far from the Supercheap shopping complex.

  • Phuket to be ‘Atlantis of the East’? Not on Gov Tri’s watch

    Phuket to be ‘Atlantis of the East’? Not on Gov Tri’s watch

    PHUKET: In the face of widespread rumors of Phuket becoming the “Atlantis of the East”, Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha has jokingly declared that he would be happy to resign his position if the island sinks into the Andaman Sea. “Rumors are rumors,” Gov Tri said. “I don’t think Phuket will sink.

  • Phuket pickup crash: Thalang trembles

    Phuket pickup crash: Thalang trembles

    PHUKET: A speeding pickuptruck crashed into a pedestrian footbridge in Phuket last night, spreading fearof yet another earthquake tremor and causing a one-hour traffic tailback.

  • Phuket Bike Week comes of age

    Phuket Bike Week comes of age

    PHUKET: It was postponed for a couple of weeks, but now Phuket Bike Week is on and raring to go. The 18th Phuket Bike Week kicked off today with a shed-load of activities in Patong

  • Villagers worry as aftershocks continue to rock Phuket

    Villagers worry as aftershocks continue to rock Phuket

    PHUKET: The fourth and largest tremor of the day hit Phuket at 3:10pm today, a 3.3 magnitude tremor clearly felt across the island with a large sonic boom clearly heard at the offices of the Phuket Gazette, about eight kilometers southeast of the epicenter near the municipal market in Thalang. Other tremors recorded by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) earthquake monitoring station today are: 1:18pm: 1.

  • Phuket Airport included in B4bn upgrade

    Phuket Airport included in B4bn upgrade

    PHUKET: Aerothai, the state enterprise that operates air traffic control at airports throughout Thailand, including Suvarnabhumi and Phuket International Airport, will spend 4 billion baht on upgrading its computer and communications network.

  • ICT Ministry plans disaster communications fix for Phuket

    ICT Ministry plans disaster communications fix for Phuket

    PHUKET: A team of Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts yesterday consulted with Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha on how to improve communications during future disaster evacuations. The team, led by ICT communications expert Chaiyun Pengkiatpairot, aims to prevent a mobile phone network overload, such as that which hindered communications during the evacuation of tsunami-risk areas on April 11.

  • Brother claims sister’s body from Phuket hospital

    Brother claims sister’s body from Phuket hospital

    PHUKET: A relative of the young Burmese construction worker whose body was left