Local residents living by the beach in Krabi were forced to quickly evacuate from their homes last night after the sea level rose unusually high.
They woke up late at night and began to move their belongings to higher ground after the seawater approached close to their homes.
They were afraid if the unusual high sea tide had connection with the earthquake in New Zealand as such high sea tide at Tha Leh in Krabi Muang District was never experienced in the past 50 years.
But chief of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office in Krabi Mr Phaisarn Khunsri comforted the local people saying the high sea tide during the past few days was from the Full Moon phenomenon when the Earth and the Moon came closest in 68 years, thus causing the sea level to rise unusually high during the Full Moon day.
The sea water inundated Chao Fah beach road in Krabi, but has receded today.
He also dismissed any connection with the New Zealand's earthquake, and asked the people not to panic.
But the office was monitoring the situation closely as Krabi is a favorite site for foreign tourists.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)