Thursday, July 28, 2005

Back to normal for Andaman and Nicobar

The situation in Andaman and Nicobar islands, which was rocked by a major under-sea earthquake on Sunday, was gradually getting normal even though some minor tremors were felt today.

"The situation is normal today and there is no fear among the people", Lieutenant Governor Ram Kapse told PTI.

There were, however, a couple of minor shocks during the day but the situation was not alarming like last night when an under-sea earthquake of 7.2 magnitude rocked the entire range reviving fears of another tsunami like December last year.

The abnormally high tide in the sea around the island for the last couple of days was also easing today as sea water was gradually receding.

With the situation getting back to normal in Port Blair town the islanders were seen getting back to their usual activities during the day.

The authorities were also exploring any linkage between the volcanic eruptions in the Barren island and the fresh tremors in the island range, an official source said.

The Barren island, which is India's only live volcano, has been spewing lava for the last few months and the eruptions were still on.

The entire Andaman and Nicobar islands were rocked by an under-sea earthquake at 9:12 pm last night, the epicentre of which was located 60 km southwest Nicobar Islands and 420 km from Port Blair. There were, however, no damages or casualties anywhere in the island.

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