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Whew... No tsunami!
Tsunami PHUKET: Yesterday's tsunami alert was finally cancelled at about 8:45 pm after it was clear that no significant tsunami waves had been generated by the huge earthquake in the afternoon to the south of Sumatra.

The United States Geological Survey ( reported an initial quake strength of 8.7 on the Richter scale. There were two major aftershocks, one of 6.5 Richter and one of 8.2.

AFP quoted Victor Sardina, a geophysicist with the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, as saying the tsunami generated was "not anywhere near" as large as the devastating tsunamis that struck Asia in 2004 or the one that hit Japan last year. The 2004 Asian Tsunami, was recorded at 9.1 Richter - roughly 5.6 times stronger than yesterday's temblor - which was, however, still perfectly capable of triggering a tsunami.

Mr Sardina said the tsunami measured a mere 35 centimeters (14 inches) near Padang, Indonesia, but could swell to as high as a meter (three feet) near Sri Lanka, adding that US scientists were still carefully monitoring the situation. On the Andaman coast, scientists reported that they had detected a 10-cm high wave.

More of this news on The Phuket News website
Wine List of the Year Thailand 2012 Awards
WLOTY 2012 Events Thailand is proud to announce this upcoming event, never seen before in the Kingdom of Thailand, in collaboration with The Genuine Palate. The Wine List of the Year Thailand Awards is a National competition recognizing the efforts and expertise amongst the hotels, resorts, restaurants cafes and wine bars in the development of wine lists and wine culture in Thailand.

Wine List of the Year Thailand Awards promotes and rewards excellence in these venues and conveys this message to the media and wine and food consumers in Thailand and abroad.

For more information about the Wine List of the Year Thailand 2012 Awards, visit the website and find more information about Sponsorship Opportunities on our dedicated page at
JobClub at Central Festival
JobClub at Central Festival Want to meet with the team of the JobClub? Are you looking for an exciting job or want to find the staff you need?

The JobClub Team will be at Central Festival from April 20 to 21, 2012 during Men Summer Show 2012, located on the first floor of the mall, at the booth of The Phuket News and Live 89.5 FM.

Come as many as you can and stop by to say hello and discover our comprehensive range of services.
Looking for a DJ or MC?
Live 89.5 MC

For more information, contact or by phone at +66 (0)76 612 550-2.
What's on in Phuket?
Every Wednesday at 17:00
Location: Bliss Beach Club, Bang Tao

Party yourself into shape with the Zumba class straight on the beach. Price is THB 300.- per session. For more information, please contact Adriana at +66 (0)84 838 32 52 or by email at

Phuket Bike Week - April 20 - 22, 2012
Location: Patong

Now in its 18th year, the annual Phuket Bike Week is one of the biggest motorcycle events in Southeast Asia. Get to see an amazing collection of Harleys, Hondas and superbikes at this annual event. Music, contests, parties and charity rides around the island. Fun for bikers and hangers-on alike.

Phuket Pride Festival - April 23 - 28, 2012
Location: Patong

This six-night event starts off on Monday April 23 as the pre-party night, following by many more festivities. The official Phuket Gay Pride parties are set on April 27 and 28: Expect to see the colourful and fantastic Afternoon Gay Pride Parade and the fun street party. Phuket's first Gay Festival and Parade was staged in 1999 and was an instant crowd pleaser for both tourists and locals – gay and straight.

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