This time, warning systems were in effect, meaning some Thai airports shut and people were rapidly evacuated from coastal areas.
KFC attempted to get in on the action, posting on its Thai Facebook page, “Let’s hurry home and follow the earthquake news. And don’t forget to order your favorite KFC menu.”
The post prompted anger from Thai Facebook users.
The message has since been removed and replaced with an apology expressing “sincere regret” for the “improper” note.
The apology note on the Facebook page also garnered hundreds of comments. Though some were forgiving, others remained critical of what they labeled an “opportunistic” move, The Wall Street Journal reported.
A tsunami alert was issued for many countries around the Indian Ocean, including Thailand, and remained in effect for four hours.
There were no reports of injuries in Thailand, though coastal regions of provinces along the Andaman Sea, including Krabi and Phuket, were evacuated.
Airports across the country were operating normally now with flights back on schedule