Dr.Wattana Kanbua, the Director of Marine Meteorological Center or MMC, Meteorological Department, revealed that MMC was worrying about storm surges and tsunamis which in the past had caused serious damage to many coastal areas of Thailand.
Therefore, the Meteorological Department approved 200 million baht of budget to used in the installation of Automatic Wave Detectors in Rayong province, Samui Island in Suratthani province, and Sichon district in Nakhon Sri Thammarat province in the Gulf of Thailand; plus the Very High Frequency (VHF) Radars in Patong Beach of Phuket and Ban Nam Kem of Phang Nga on Andaman coastal areas in order to detect any tsunamis. These integrated radars work with earthquake data and data from wave buoys which have been installed already.
All the technology can detect any big waves before they reach the coast, by 10 – 20 minutes. In addition, they can detect a significant speed of the surface of currents in the sea and detect waves 190 kilometers off the shore as well. This can help find facts where any problem is in the sea and estimate the reactions. The officers need to integrate all technology they get to protect people and their properties.