Earthquake jolts the Andamans

25 January 2005 | 12:40 Code : 4682 Geoscience events
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A strong earthquake of 6.5 magnitude on the Richter Scale Monday jolted the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, but officials said it was a part of aftershocks continuing since the tsunami disaster.
A strong earthquake of 6.5 magnitude on the Richter Scale Monday jolted the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, but officials said it was a part of aftershocks continuing since the tsunami disaster.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) director A.K. Shukla said the quake was "not unusual" because it was in the series of 140 aftershocks of over 5.0 magnitude on the Richter Scale registered from Sumatra to the Andamans since the Dec 26 quake-triggered tsunami.

"This earthquake is not unusual. Such aftershocks are expected for some months though in diminishing frequency and intensity," Shukla told IANS.
Monday's earthquake, which had its epicentre west of Great Nicobar island, is expected to have impacted the already affected buildings in the Nicobar islands in particular, and caused turbulence in the ocean.
Aftershocks following the 2001 Gujarat tremor were still being recorded, he said.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands were the hardest hit off the Indian mainland in the tsunami devastation.


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