5.9 magnitude quake strikes Andaman and Nicobar islands

According to National Centre for Seismology, the quake, whose epicentre was in the Nicobar islands region, occurred at 8:21am at a depth of 10 km


There were no immediate reports of loss of life or property. Photo: Getty Images.
There were no immediate reports of loss of life or property. Photo: Getty Images.

New Delhi: A strong earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale on Tuesday hit the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.

According to National Centre for Seismology, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences, the quake, whose epicentre was in the Nicobar islands region, occurred at 8:21am at a depth of 10 km. However, it was not so powerful as to merit a tsunami warning.

India has a dedicated tsunami warning centre that sends alerts to states and neighbouring littoral countries in case of an earthquake. There were no immediate reports of loss of life or property. Another earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale jolted Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir at 5:48am.

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