July 24, 2005

Strong quake shakes India’s tsunami-hit Andamans

PORT BLAIR, India (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of 7.2
magnitude shook India's Andaman and Nicobar islands on Sunday
causing residents of the region to run from their homes, but
there were no early reports of casualties or damage, police

"The quake was felt in all the islands of the Andaman and
Nicobar chain," a police official told Reuters, referring to
the more than 550 islands in the remote Indian Ocean
archipelago that was devastated by last year's tsunami.

In the capital Port Blair, hundreds of people ran out of
their homes in panic and rushed to open places. On Dec. 26
2004, hundreds of people were killed in the island chain during
the tsunami and thousands are still missing and presumed dead.