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    No earthquakes phuket

    My son has recently started school at BIS, (british international) .
    The class rep asked parents for ideas/suggestions to put to the board, so having just come from a rather devastated christchurch, I naturally suggested /asked if the school had a disaster plan and would they look at and evaluate the school buildings.

    The reply I got was that Phuket doesn't have earthquakes so there is no need, but they would tell the kids about the risk of earthquakes just in case they go to places that do have earthquakes.

    I for one hope that WHEN an earthquake hits down here we are not around.
    If anyone here has kids at BIS, just take alook around at the large brick buildings.
    and heavy steel awings hanging over some of the classroom exits.
    and then google videos of chch .

    thanks.
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    I doubt Phuket could have any quakes that could do much damage. The major fault lines are quite far away, relatively speaking.


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    Active Fault Zones in Thailand

    Thats what we thought before "several" unknown faults went., and I'm sure the good people of washington , had no Idea either.

    As a parent , and someone who has been through several months of earthquakes and aftershocks, It concerns me that even a slight chance is being dismissed given the global increase in activity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    I doubt Phuket could have any quakes that could do much damage. The major fault lines are quite far away, relatively speaking.

    A major fault does not have to go to cause damage/deaths, most recent quakes have been on small inactive faults.

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    From your link, this is the closest one to Phuket:

    The 130 km-long, Klong Marui FZ which cuts across the Phang Nga Bay and Ban Don Bay, follows the Klong Marui channel and mainly pass Tertiary granites (Charusiri, 1989) and Cenozoic sediments. The FZ may have occurred in Middle Tertiary (Charusiri, 1989) with at least 150 km-long total sinistral displacement (Garson et al., 1975). Hot springs are mostly concentrated at the southern portion of the fault. Recent studies indicate that the northern part of Khlong Marui fault is probably related to opening of the Gulf of Thailand and is therefore a basin-bounding normal fault rather than a major strike-slip fault. At present there is no geochronological information to confirm the young movement in Late Quaternary period. A few minor earthquakes were recorded in Phang Nga and south of Phuket provinces.
    I can understand your concern due to recent events in your life, and I suppose a quake can happen anywhere in the world. But, I think there are many other things in Phuket that pose a greater threat to your children than the long odds of a major earthquake. The best you can do is make your child aware of what to do if such a situation arose, and not rely on the school to.

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    I wouldn't visit Chiang Mai then.


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    Well where ever you live , It really does pay to be prepared and be aware of your surroundings.
    And if your kids are schooled in a building that may collapse, well good luck too you.

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    There was a small earthquake in Phuket in 2011

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