Thai­land: Div­ing ban

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL -

Thai­land is giv­ing its co­ral reefs a break, tem­po­rar­ily clos­ing 18 dive sites.

The coun­try’s Na­tional Parks, Wildlife and Plant Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment is­sued the or­der to help the be­lea­guered co­ral

re­cover from bleach­ing, the dele­te­ri­ous loss of pig­ment.

The af­fected parks are Hat Chao Mai Na­tional Park in Trang; Mu Koh Pe­tra and Taru­tao na­tional parks in Satun; Mu Ko Chumphon Na­tional Park in Chumphon; Hat Nop­pharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi Na­tional Park in Krabi; and Mu Koh Surin and Mu Koh Sim­i­lan na­tional

parks in Phangnga.

The closings will last at least through the end of monsoon

sea­son in Oc­to­ber.

DHS alert: Fade to black

The crayon col­ors that in­di­cated the coun­try’s threat level are go­ing back into the box.

Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Janet Napoli­tano has an­nounced

a new ter­ror-alert sys­tem not based on paint chips. The twotiered Na­tional Ter­ror­ism Ad­vi­sory Sys­tem will in­form Amer­i­cans of an “im­mi­nent threat” or an “el­e­vated threat.” (That would be red and yel­low for those not ready to let go.)

The alerts will con­tain in­for­ma­tion on the po­ten­tial

threat, plus ac­tions of­fi­cials are tak­ing to defuse it and rec­om­men­da­tions for civil­ians. Venues that post alerts, such as air­ports, have 90 days to im­ple­ment the new sys­tem and ditch the burnt orange and rad­i­cal red.

Re­port­ing: An­drea Sachs

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