6.2 Sumatra quake felt in southern Thailand

6.2 Sumatra quake felt in southern Thailand

Beds shake in Hat Yai hotel but no damage reported

Tremors from a 6.2-magnitude earthquake off the northwestern tip of Sumatra in Indonesia were felt in Hat Yai and Sadao districts of Songkhla. Residents of Phuket and Phangnga provinces also reported some impact. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)
Tremors from a 6.2-magnitude earthquake off the northwestern tip of Sumatra in Indonesia were felt in Hat Yai and Sadao districts of Songkhla. Residents of Phuket and Phangnga provinces also reported some impact. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)

People living in tall buildings in three southern provinces — Songkhla, Phangna and Phuket — felt tremors from an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale centred off the northwestern tip of Sumatra in Indonesia early Saturday.

The Earthquake Observation Division of the Meteorological Department reported that the quake struck at 3.52am, about 525 kilometres southwest of Phuket.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported that tremors were felt in Songkhla, Phangna and Phuket provinces.

In Songkhla, tremors were felt in Sadao and Hat Yai districts. In Sadao, beds at the Full Moon Tower apartment shook and wardrobe doors moved slightly. In Hat Yai, people staying at the Sakura Hotel reported feeling their beds shake.

Most tourists, hotel employees and guides at the hotel in Hat Yai were not aware that there was an earthquake and said they had received no warning.

However, the quake caused no panic among tourists and residents.

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

So far there have been no reports of damage or injuries from Indonesia.


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