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