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Mobile Earthquake Simulator for Disaster Preparedness Education

23 June 2017 (Readers 568)

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has demonstrated the operations of a mobile earthquake simulator at a local school in Mueang district, Phuket province, to educate local students and members of the public in disaster preparedness.
Phuket was one of the six Andaman coastal provinces affected by the unprecedented tsunami that took place on 26 December 2004. The tsunami, or tidal wave, triggered by a huge earthquake, brought a terrible catastrophe to the coastal provinces along the Andaman Sea and other countries in the area. It also killed a massive number of people.
The mobile earthquake simulator is an innovation developed by the department in cooperation with King Mongkuts Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and King Mongkuts university of Technology North Bangkok, based on the concept of Japans earthquake simulation.
The earthquake simulator is installed on a six-ton truck, controlled by a computer system. It is used as an educational tool to help people learn how to protect themselves from an earthquake disaster, under different scenarios, up to an eight-magnitude earthquake.
Earthquakes are one of the most devastating and frightening natural disasters a person can experience. They happen without warning in areas all around the world. They can also cause major damage and fatalities in populated areas.
Aware of this problem, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation attaches great importance to preparedness education and providing the public with knowledge on how to practice properly to enable them to be safe from this natural disaster.
It has taken the mobile earthquake simulator to educate the people in vulnerable areas across the country, based on the augmented reality system and animation techniques, as well as the scenario of an earthquake.
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