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2006-02-04 00:45:12

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 damage. 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...

2006-01-16 08:35:50

Please delete in eighth paragraph ... At the moment, even private domestic carriers do not fly there ... By Palash Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Foreign tourists could soon be boarding direct flights to India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands in a move officials hope will provide a major boost to communities hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Most visitors have so far been Indians keen to see the most far-flung outpost of their country, which borders Indonesia. Travel is...

2006-01-16 08:41:48

By Palash Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Foreign tourists could soon be boarding direct flights to India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands in a move officials hope will provide a major boost to communities hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Most visitors have so far been Indians keen to see the most far-flung outpost of their country, which borders Indonesia. Travel is expensive and time consuming, with a one-way flight from Delhi to the islands' capital, Port Blair, costing...

2005-08-03 08:44:23

PORT BLAIR, India (Reuters) - Environmentalists have slammed a tourism deal by India's tsunami-hit Andaman islands with Thailand, saying such a move would destroy its fragile ecology and encourage the sex trade. The Dec. 26 tsunami killed thousands of people on India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands, caused massive environmental damage and decimated the small tourism industry in the rain forest-covered islands ringed by coral reefs. In a move to breathe new life into the shattered...

2005-07-24 23:33:35

PORT BLAIR, India (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake that hit India's Andaman and Nicobar islands at the weekend has shaken the confidence of people in the remote chain, although it caused no damage or casualties, residents said on Monday. Sunday's 7.0 earthquake in the Andamans, which came seven months after the 9.15 earthquake that caused the killer tsunami, led to a tsunami warning in Thailand, but that was soon withdrawn. There have been 345 aftershocks of the Dec. 26 tremor which have...

2005-07-24 13:20:48

PORT BLAIR, India (Reuters) - India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, devastated by last year's tsunami, were shaken by a strong quake on Sunday but a senior official said he saw no danger of new killer waves hitting the Indian Ocean archipelago. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake hit the area off India's eastern coast at 1542 GMT measuring 7.0, and initially urged authorities near its epicenter to be aware of the risk of local tsunamis. But it also said on its web site that...

2005-07-24 12:08:40

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 said. "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...

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2005-06-14 07:04:24

NEW DELHI -- They survived the dinosaurs, but leatherback turtles may have moved one step closer to extinction when last December's tsunami washed away some of their most important nesting beaches in India's Nicobar islands. The remote Nicobars, more than 1,300 km (800 miles) east of the Indian mainland, are one of the world's four most important nesting sites for the critically endangered leatherback, the largest living marine reptile. "We have lost three major beaches which are globally...


Latest Nicobar Islands Reference Libraries

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2007-03-19 18:46:45

The Indian Flap-shelled Turtle, Lissemys punctata, is a species of turtle found in South Asia. They are widespread and not uncommon. Its range includes Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, and Burma (Irrawaddy and Salween rivers). It has been introduced to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is also found in the desert ponds of Rajasthan where hundreds are killed every year during the dry summers. This species of turtle is the most common aquatic turtle in India.

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2006-09-11 13:44:40

The Nicobar Pigeon, Caloenas nicobarica, is a pigeon which is a resident breeding bird on small uninhabited islands in Indonesia and the Nicobar Islands. It is the only member of the genus Caloenas. This is a large, heavy pigeon at 15.75 inches in length. It is mainly metallic green with green and copper hackles on the neck. The head and upper neck, flight feathers and breast are dark grey. The tail is very short and pure white. There is a black knob on the base of the bill, and the strong...

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