Smith Dharmasaroja

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Smith Dharmasaroja (Thai: สมิทธ ธรรมสโรช; RTGSSamit Thammasarot; 6 November 1937) is a Thai government official. In 1998, while serving as a meteorologist, he predicted that an earthquake and tsunami "is going to occur for sure."[1][2] He advocated tsunami warning systems, but was not taken seriously. After the tsunami of December 2004, which killed over 200,000 people, he was recalled from retirement and charged with development of Thai and regional warning systems.[citation needed]

As chief of the National Disaster Warning Centre in Thailand, Dharmasaroja publicly stated that a solar eclipse could trigger natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis in Thailand, depending on "the time that the sun unleashed its energy."[3]


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  2. ^ Southeast Asian Press Alliance ‘Mad’ Scientist Gets Belated Recognition Archived 2014-08-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Planet alignment raises tsunami fears". 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2010-06-11.