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Tsunami alert after 7.5 magnitude quake hits Nicobar
Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:29:06 AM, Agencies
Chennai/Hongkong: Moderate tremors were felt in several parts of Chennai and its suburbs today for a few seconds, according to met office here.
However, no casualty or damage to property were reported, police said.
People in panic rushed out of their houses at Gopalapuram, Kodambakkam, Porur, Thiruvanmiyur, Anna Nagar and several other places under the impact of the tremor which lasted for a few seconds, they said.
Met officials said the tremors felt here was due to the impact of an earthquake that occurred at 7.9 degree north and 91.9 degree east-west coast of Andaman and Nicobar Islands measuring of 7.8 in Richter scale at 12.56 am.
The earthquake occurred at a depth of 35 kilometres, and about 157 kilometres west-southwest of Misha in the Nicobar Islands and 445 kilometres northwest of Banda Aceh in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami watch for all areas of the Indian Ocean following the quake.
The warning said earthquakes of this size had the potential to cause destructive local and sometimes regional tsunamis, but added it was not yet known that a tsunami had been generated.
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