Tsunami warning issued for two southern Thai provinces

April 11, 2012 12:51

BANGKOK - A tsunami warning and evacuation order were issued by disaster prevention authorities in the southern Thai provinces of Phuket and Phangnga on Wednesday after a huge earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia.

"The province has turned on the arning sirens and asked people all over Phuket island to move to a safe place," an official from the Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Centre told Reuters by telephone.

An official from the warning centre Phangnga told Reuters: "We warn people in every district to evacuate immediately because there is a possibility of a tsunami."

Phuket and Phangnga are provinces popular with tourists and were among those hit by the 2004 Indian Ocena tsunami that killed more than 5,000 people in Thailand.

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