A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hit the seismologically prone Andaman and Nicobar Islands here on Thursday, India Meteorological Department said.
Earthquake of Magnitude:6.0, Occurred on:17-01-2019, 08:23:07 IST, Lat:7.6 N & Long: 94.5 E, Depth: 84 Km, Region:Nicobar Islands Region pic.twitter.com/FirFDC97ZY
— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) January 17, 2019
The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) Director, S P S Chenoi said that no special increase has been noticed in the sea level around the Andaman Nicobar archipelago, due to which no tsunami alert was issued.
The earthquake came on Thursday morning at 23 minutes past eight and its epicentre was in the Nicobar island region. Officials said that there is no loss of life and property due to earthquake.
The Andaman and Nicobar islands are prone to seismic activity. It was even witness to 12 earthquakes over the span of 24 hours on November 9, 2015 — all going measuring 5 or more on the richter scale. The largest earthquake recorded in the area was in December 2005 that hit the North Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. The Andaman and Nicobar were the worst hit territory in India reporting a loss of 4,486 people.