Port Blair/Chennai: A high intensity earthquake on Tuesday hit Andaman and Nicobar islands and shook many cities in southern and eastern India.
Tremors were felt in several parts of Orissa and in several places in Chennai, Vijaywada & Kolkata.
The “great intensity” tremor with its epicentre about 1020 km south-east of Bhubaneswar was recorded at 1.26 am at 14.1 north latitude and 93.0 east longitude, the Indian Meteorological Department said.
Though the Pacific Tsunami Warning centre had issued a tsunami alert which was subsequently withdrawn. The Indian Tsunami Warning Centre did not issue any warning. Indian scientists were of the opinion that it was a normal fault and did not warrant any warning, secretary, ministry of earth sciences Shailesh Nayak said.
A mild earthquake was reported in Patamala, Madhuranagar, Singhnagar, Pakayapuram and Vambay colony areas of Vijayawada, official sources said.
Several parts of the Orissa including the state capital, Cuttack, port town of Paradip, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Bhadrak and Balasore were shaken by the tremor.
Panic-struck people rushed out of their houses in many areas.
No damage to property or life has been reported due to the earthquake which lasted for a few seconds.