We were shopping in Patong around 4.00pm yesterday when all hell broke loose in the streets with people running from the beach and closing their shops.
We asked a local to be told that a Tsunami was coming so we followed the locals from the beach up the hills behind the shopping area. We sat there for about an hour and finally got through on the phone to our Phuket tailor who advised that there was no such warning or threat and all would be OK.
It seems that the locals panicked when they heard of the 5.5 earthquake in Indonesia but it was still a scary event for us.
When we returned to our hotel in Kata Noi around 6.00pm the staff were unaware of what had happened in Patong.
My advice is if you are coming to Phuket is always carry your hotel phone number with you and if in doubt phone your hotel for advice should something similar happen to you. You could also carry your Embassy phone number and call them too.
Otherwise all is back to normal today in beautiful Phuket.