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Strong quake hits near Indian islands

Quake of magnitude 6.9 hits Andaman Islands

A strong 6.4 magnitude quake struck north of the Indian Andaman Islands, an area devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake, earlier put at 6.9 magnitude, struck 215 km north of Port Blair, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake was 28.2 miles deep. There was no danger of a destructive tsunami, it said.

The earthquake triggered a panic among residents of several northern islands of the Andaman chain, and sent them running out of their homes.

“We were inside our house when this earthquake struck, and we all ran out of our house out of panic,” said Srinivasan, a businessman on one of the islands.

Indian officials also said there was no threat to the Indian coast.

A mild tremor was felt in the eastern Indian mainland state of Orissa. A witness in the state capital Bhubaneswar said people felt their beds rattling and those living in high-rise buildings left their homes as a precaution.

Breaking News! A minor intensity earthquake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, hit Andaman Islands at around 10:24 PM. No reports of damage or casualties have been reported so far.

The earthquake was centred about 217 km north from Port Blair. The news was first broken by the US Geological Survey. Further details are awaited from Andaman Islands.

Mild tremors were also felt in West Bengal and several parts of Orissa. People in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Khurda and Jajpur felt the tremors minutes ago.

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