Phuket, Thailand’s largest island experienced the 9.3 earthquake shock which sent the Andaman Wave to the island’s coastline. Considered the third worst in history, the tsunami waves rose up to 10 meters high and created severe destruction on the six provinces along the Andaman coastal strip, namely: Phang Nga, Krabi, Phuket, Ranong, Satun and Trang. At least 250 people were recorded injured and maimed with scores of others dead including tourists. There was massive destruction of property ranging from hotels, houses to vehicles and other properties worth millions. Almost all west coast beaches like Karon, Kamala and Patong were completely destroyed to the ground with few deserted buildings standing. In addition, the effects of the tsunami were devastating because it greatly affected the tourism industry in the island. On the other hand, the cause of the tsunami arised as a result of the corrison of the Indo-Australian plates. The Indo plate is lower while the Australian plate is bigger. The impact led to a massive earthquake that triggered the tsunami disaster in the region and entire southeast Asia.
Apart from the devastating tsunami, Phuket has also been experiencing earthquakes regularly. On April 2012 the island was affected by a 4.3 magnitude earthquake that led to eviction of people from the coastal and lower regions to higher grounds to protect them from the earthquake. The quake which originated from the Klong Marui fault line spanned to other provinces like Phang Nga, Krabi and Surat Thani. No deaths or injuries were reported, however at least 30 houses sustained cracks in Tambon Si Sunthon region (Wipatayotin, 2012). Moreover, another earthquake of a 6.5 magnitude occurred in Phuket island but no tsunami alerts were issued after the 2004 tsunami. The 6.5 magnitude earthquake was confirmed by officials to the north of Aceh. Earthquakes in Phuket