Two tremors rock Andaman

Port Blair
26 Aug 2018

Two moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.0 and 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the Andaman region on Friday. The first tremor, which occurred at around 4.20 pm, was epicentered at 10.5 degrees North Latitude and 91.7 degrees East Longitude at depth of about 10 kms off the Andaman coast. The second one occurred at around 5.48 pm and was epicentered at 10.6 degrees North Latitude and 91.5 degrees East Longitude at depth of about 10 kms off the Andaman coast. 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.