4.8 intensity tremor rocks Nicobar

Port Blair
6 Mar 2018

A mild intensity earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale rocked the Nicobar region at around 10.10 am on Tuesday. The tremor was epicentered at 6.8 degrees North Latitude and 93.5 degrees East Longitude at depth of about 10 kms off the Nicobar Islands coast. The tremor was largely felt in the Great Nicobar Island where people were seen rushing out of their homes, offices searching for safer grounds fearing a possible havoc. However, no damage to properties or life has been reported, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.
The A & N Islands were badly hit by the 2004 Asian tsunami, which was triggered by an earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra that sent giant waves crashing into countries around the Indian Ocean. The Andaman Sea witnesses frequent quakes caused by the meeting of the Indian plate with the Burmese microplate along an area known as the Andaman trench.