UPDATE 8:07 PM (Local Time):
It appears all is quiet on the Western front, and that the Tsunami warnings were just that. A warning. It did make for some tense moments, but everything is starting to quiet down now. My reporter of the ground, Benjamin Jenkins reports that all is fine and he is en route to the nearest watering hole for an adult beerage.
UPDATE 7:36 PM (Local Time):
Ex-pat Canadian Brennan Campbell and his girlfriend are a little spooked but fine, having felt the second after shock they climbed onto their condo's rooftop where they waited for the all clear. Brennan is still awaiting to be reunited with his brother Rory who is in town visiting for the week, we'll try to have our cameras there for that special reunion!
Brennan Campbell aka Birdman
All roads leading into Patong have been blocked off as a precaution. Traffic between Kata and Chalong reportedly long and crowded with thousands of people seeking higher ground.
UPDATE 5:42 PM (Local Time):
Eyewitness report from Benjamin Jenkins, who is presently in Kamala, Phuket. He is reporting that he just felt another quake, people are heading for higher ground.
DJ Benjamin Jenkins
UPDATE 5:26 PM (Local Time):
This just in... The National Disaster Warning Center has confirmed that a Tsunami will hit Phuket. www.peteinphuket's friends have confirmed that the Hard Rock Cafe' has evacuated its guest and staff as a precaution, as have other places in Patong. I am going to be setting up somewhere else. Be sure to check back here in the next 20 minutes!
Details are sketchy to say the least, but there hae been reports of a possible tsunami headed this way, with some reports saying the wave has reached 40 cm high, although the wave heights have been unconfirmed at this point. A magnitude 8.7 earthquake was measured off the cost of Sumatra @ 3:38 pm local time.
www.peteinphuket.com will update as soon as more is known about the possible tsunami. Please also be sure to check Twitter, as we will update first on our account there @peteinpnuket
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