Magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes off India's Nicobar Islands - USGS

by Reuters
Friday, 21 March 2014 14:32 GMT

An Indian Navy boat patrols in the waters of the Andaman Sea near Port Blair, the capital of India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Official at provincial disaster management control room says no immediate reports of casualties and damage and no tsunami warning issued

PORT BLAIR, India, March 21 (Reuters) - A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake was at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) about 68 miles (110 km) southeast of Misha, Nicobar Islands, in the Indian Ocean, the agency said.

An official at the provincial disaster management control room said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage but the earthquake had been felt by islanders.

The official said there was no tsunami alert.

Andaman and Nicobar is made up of more than 500 mostly uninhabited islands. A Reuters witness at Port Blair, the capital, said the earthquake was not felt there.

(Reporting by Sanjib Kumar Roy; Writing by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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