Pattaya Daily News

19 March 2011 :: 10:03:46 am 51662

High Tide Terrifies Naklua People

Naklua villagers were terrified by the overnight high wave that had destroyed many houses and boats, making people think that it might be a warning of an incoming tsunami.
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Pattaya, 19th March 2011 [Pattaya Daily News]: A Pattaya reporter was informed of an overnight wave that had hit Naklua beach, damaging fishermen’s houses and boats. The reporter went to the scene (the area of Naklua Market, Moo.5, Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi) and found the wave was washing up the shore as described. Villagers and fishermen had gathered to see this effect.

Almost 10 boats had sunk. Villagers whose houses were located by the sea could not sleep the previous night when the strong wave hit their houses. Some houses were destroyed and sank below seawater level, only roofs were left floating. Many people could not walk home because the bridges connected to their houses were damaged.

Mr. Muan Jitkawan, aged 81, told the reporter that he was a fisherman, living in a house located by the sea. Around midnight, there was a strong wind blowing outside his house but nothing happened. Until around 3 a.m., while he was asleep, the strong wave hit his house so hard that it woke him up. He got up and saw a surging wave at around 1-2 meter high, hitting the beach. Many villagers also went out to the beach and found that their boats had been hit and houses were damaged.

While the reporter was there, both the wind and the wave were still aggressive. Some villagers said that ever since living by the sea, they had never seen this phenomenon before. Also, there was a rumour that a tsunami was going to hit Pattaya.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Community News

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