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    Thailand Condos 'safe from big quakes'

    Condos 'safe from big quakes'


    Property developers have assured owners and prospective buyers of units in high-rise condominiums that the buildings are perfectly safe and can deal with strong earthquakes.


    Thai Condominium Association president Atip Bijanonda said most condominium projects in Bangkok were strong enough to cope with quakes as high as nine on the Richter scale.


    Construction standards were controlled by the Engineering Institute of Thailand, which insisted that all condominiums were reinforced to handle even the strongest quakes.

    He said high-rise buildings in Bangkok were also scrutinised by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

    However, shophouses could be in danger.

    "I think the BMA should pay more attention to shop houses as they have high potential to be damaged by an earthquake," Atip said.

    Metrostar Property Plc managing director Ratanachai Phatinavin, said some of its condominium customers called his office after the quake to ask about the safety issue. "We simply told them not to worry. It's safe."

    Asian Property Development Plc managing director Pichet Vipavasuphakorn said staff were ready to explain safety aspects in detail.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Metrostar Property Plc managing director Ratanachai Phatinavin, said some of its condominium customers called his office after the quake to ask about the safety issue. "We simply told them not to worry. It's safe."
    Riiiighhhhtttt.....

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    For the benefit of those not in my immediate vacinity, i am typing this as i lie laughing in a puddle of my own piss on the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Condos 'safe from big quakes'


    Property developers have assured owners and prospective buyers of units in high-rise condominiums that the buildings are perfectly safe and can deal with strong earthquakes...

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    Um yes, they would wouldn't they? And when the first crashes we can expect house prices to soar.

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    you are a nasty lot

    I am sure the statement was 100% correct, they just forgot to add "as long as the earthquake is over 1000 miles away"

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    ...and not strong enough to bring down big buildings.

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    Highrises to be asked to prepare for quakes

    Highrises to be asked to prepare for quakes

    Advised to clear roofs for air evacuation
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    Owners of Bangkok skyscrapers will be asked to clear the rooftops of their buildings to facilitate air evacuation should an earthquake strike. Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) spokesman Chanin Rungsaeng said yesterday that since the existing building law does not oblige owners of tall buildings to provide space for air evacuation, they will be asked to do so on a voluntary basis.

    The move was in response to Wednesday's 6.3 Richter scale earthquake in western Laos which caused tremors that were felt in several northern provinces, and also in Bangkok.

    The BMA yesterday said the quake and its aftershocks had caused no damage to some 1,700 Bangkok buildings deemed vulnerable to an earthquake. Buildings higher than 23 metres are considered quake-prone, according to Mr Chanin.

    He suggested the Interior Ministry speed up the drafting of a ministerial regulation on quake-proof buildings.

    The office building of PTT Plc on Vibhavadi Rangsit road is the only structure in Bangkok that could withstand a major earthquake, he added.

    In Chiang Rai, which was worst affected by the quake, officials yesterday continued checking the extent of damage and found some cracks in a number of school buildings.

    Pupils of Ban Song Phi Nong School in Chiang Khong district had to study in makeshift classrooms as the school building had developed cracks at several spots.

    Many schools in the province organised drills to train their students on how to react in the event of an earthquake.

    The Thai Red Cross Society announced yesterday it will give training on disaster preparedness and first-aid treatment to people in high-risk areas in response to a sharp increase in natural disasters due to climate change.

    Wantanee Kongsomboon, deputy director of the TRC's relief and community health bureau, said local people are key players in disaster preparedness and response schemes because they must rely on themselves first when disaster strikes.

    ''We will not tell them what to do, but we will encourage them to come up with their own measures to save their communities from flashfloods, landslides, and so on,'' she said.

    The training programme is to be launched soon in high-risk provinces such as Chiang Mai, Tak, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

    The initiative is in line with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' climate change preparation scheme, which is aimed at increasing the role of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies worldwide in dealing with climate change.

    Elike van Sluis, a senior programme and communications officer from the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, said the programme is also aimed at educating people in remote areas about the impacts of climate change.

    The poor have very little knowledge about climate change despite the fact they are most vulnerable to its impacts, she said.

    ''Such knowledge helped save a coastal community in Vietnam from a big storm last year,'' she added.
    The centre is also closely monitoring the spread of tropical diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, and heat wave-related diseases, in western countries possibly caused by global warming and climate change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Property developers have assured owners and prospective buyers of units in high-rise condominiums that the buildings are perfectly safe and can deal with strong earthquakes.

    He said high-rise buildings in Bangkok were also scrutinised by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
    Oh, that's alright then.....

    Let's see what the boy's at the BMA have to say about it:


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    The BMA yesterday said the quake and its aftershocks had caused no damage to some 1,700 Bangkok buildings deemed vulnerable to an earthquake. Buildings higher than 23 metres are considered quake-prone, according to Mr Chanin.

    The office building of PTT Plc on Vibhavadi Rangsit road is the only structure in Bangkok that could withstand a major earthquake, he added.
    Ahhhhh.....

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