Thailand puts Andaman coast on watch for possible tsunami
Thailand's disaster centre on Wednesday put provinces along the Andaman coastline on watch for a possible tsunami caused by a magnitude-8.7 earthquake off Aceh, Indonesia.
"We are still monitoring the situation but we've told the Andaman provinces to be on alert," the director of the National Disaster Centre, Somsak Kaosuwan, told Thai TV.
Smith Dhamasoroja, of the National Disaster Warning Foundation, predicted that the earthquake was of such a magnitude that it would create a tsunami that will "definitely" reach Thailand, DPA reported.
A tsunami caused by a similar earthquake off Aceh in December 26, 2004, killed more than 5,000 people in Thailand, half of them foreign tourists in Krabi, Phuket and Phangnga provinces on the Andaman Sea coast.