2 strong earthquakes hits the same spot near Andaman Islands in India

June 27th, 2008 - 10:34 pm ICT by admin  

Andaman Islands quake2 strong quakes of magnitude 6.7 and 6.1 on the Richter scale hit just 115 km off the cost of Andaman Islands today at 11:40:16 GMT and 13:07:10 GMT respectively.

Residents ran out of their homes as the powerful jolt rattled buildings, already weakened by a series of earthquakes that have hit the Andamans since the tsunami.

There have been no reports of Tsunami.

“We have not issued any tsunami alert although it occurred at a depth of around 35 kilometres (21.7 miles) in the Andaman Sea,” a spokesman from the local Disaster Management Cell told AFP.

At first glance, this quake does resemble characterstics of 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake which was laveld the 2nd deadliest earthquake of all time killing almost 230,000 people.

AFP reports that the Indian navy ordered its ships not to approach Andaman shores until an all-clear was sounded by the local military command.

The Andaman Islands are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal, and are part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory of India. Port Blair is the chief community on the islands, and the administrative centre of the Union Territory. The Andaman Islands form a single administrative district within the Union Territory, the Andaman district (the Nicobar district was separated and established as a new district in 1974). The population of the Andamans was 314,084 in 2001.

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