Tsunami warnings and evacuation orders in Phuket and Phang Nga, Thailand

Tsunami warnings and an evacuation order have been issued by disaster prevention authorities in the southern Thai provinces of Phuket and Phangnga after a magnitude 8.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia.

The province has turned on the warning sirens and asked people all over Phuket island to move to a safe place.

– Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Centre

An official from the warning centre Phangnga told Reuters:

We warn people in every district to evacuate immediately because there is a possibility of a tsunami.

Phuket and Phangnga are provinces popular with tourists and were among those hit by the 2004 Indian Ocena tsunami that killed more than 5,000 people in Thailand.