Sumatra earthquake felt in southern Thailand

SOUTHERN THAILAND: People living in tall buildings in three southern provinces – Songkhla, Phang Nga and Phuket – felt the tremors from a 6.2 Richter scale earthquake centered on the northern tip -west Sumatra in Indonesia early on Saturday September 24).

The tremors of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake off the northwest tip of Sumatra in Indonesia were felt in the Hat Yai and Sadao districts of Songkhla. Residents of Phuket and Phang Nga provinces also reported some impact. Photo: Assawin Pakkawan/Bangkok Post

The Earthquake Observation Division of the Meteorological Department reported that the quake struck at 3:52 a.m., about 525 kilometers southwest of Phuket, reports Bangkok Post.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that tremors were felt in Songkhla, Phang Nga and the provinces of Phuket.
In Songkhla, tremors were felt in Sadao and Hat Yai districts. In Sadao, the beds in the Full Moon Tower apartment shook and the wardrobe doors moved slightly. In Hat Yai, people staying at the Sakura Hotel reported feeling their bed shaking.

Most tourists, hotel workers and hotel guides in Hat Yai were unaware of the earthquake and said they received no warning. However, the earthquake did not cause any panic among tourists and residents.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was located about 40 km south-southwest of Meulaboh in Sumatra at a depth of 40 km.

So far, no damage or injuries have been reported in Indonesia.

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