February 4, 2006

Strong quake hits India’s Andaman islands

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 hit
India's Andaman islands early on Saturday, the U.S. Geological
Survey (USGS) said, but a senior official said there was no

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 45 km (30
miles) northwest of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and
Nicobar islands, it said on its Web site
(www.earthquake.usgs.gov). It struck at 2034 GMT.

An Indian weather office official said the earthquake
measured 5.9.

It woke people from their sleep and they rushed out of
their homes, said D.S. Negi, the chief administrator of the

"We felt quite a jolt. People were initially shocked, but
there was no panic," he told Reuters by phone from Port Blair.

"There have been no reports of any loss of life or
property." The islands, closer to Indonesia than mainland
India, were hit badly by the December 2004 tsunami, which was
triggered by a massive earthquake off the coast of the Sumatra