6.0 magnitude earthquake hits India’s Nicobar Islands, no tsunami risk reported

Earthquake measuring 6.0 on the richter scale hits the Andaman and Nicobar islands.GoogleMaps

  • A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Indian islands of Andaman and Nicobar islands today morning.
  • No tsunami alert has been issued because the earthquake did not result in a subsequent rise of sea levels.
  • No immediate loss of life or damage to property was reported.

An earthquake just hit the western region of India, and its epicenter was the Nicobar islands region. The earthquake hit at 8:45 am today morning and measured 6.0 on the richter scale according to India’s National Center for Seismology.

But there’s no threat of a tsunami.

The Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) stated that the earthquake shouldn’t result in a tsunami because it didn’t result in a rise in sea levels.

Officials have also reported that there were no immediate reports of loss of life or even damage to property. But, the localities did feel the tremors.

Prone to seismic activity

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.

This is all because it’s located near the boundary of the Indian plate and the Burmese microplate marked by the Andaman Trench.

The north-east end of Port Blair is also home to the only volcanoes in India — the Barren Island Volcano and Narcondam.
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