On May 2nd, at Phuket City Hall, Associate Professor Dr Phaiboon Panyakapo from Department of Civil Engineering, Sripatum University advised that all constructions in Phuket should be within construction laws, as a way to prepare for future earthquakes, after the recent ones caused damage to buildings.
“Even though, earthquakes may not occur often, it’s better we prepare ourselves. 5-6 magnitude earthquakes have more affect on low-rise buildings rather than high-rise buildings. Construction laws were introduced to ensure buildings are strong enough to handle earthquakes. Big public buildings, with a capacity of 300 people, such as hotels, schools and buildings at and above 15-metre tall should be within this law. As for small buildings like houses, building stronger structures is recommended,” Associate Professor Dr Phaiboon Panyakapo said.