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Earthquake of 5.0 magnitude hits Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Earthquake of 5.0 magnitude hits Andaman and Nicobar Islands: An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale quaked Andaman Islands region in the minute hours of Saturday, as per to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) statement. The quake hit at nearby 2:52 am and was positioned at a depth of 10 kilometres, the IMD said.

So far there is no such report of casualties, injuries or damage to property has been reported.

The region predisposed to numerous earthquakes was shook by 4.1 and 5.6 intensity quakes on May 21 and May 22, correspondingly.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, one of the seven union territories of India that includes 572 islands out of which 37 are occupied, are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

Major Earthquakes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Year 1881

The Nicobar Islands earthquake in the year 1881 was occurred at about 07:49 local time (01:49 UTC) on 31 December, with an epicentre beneath Car Nicobar. The quake was occurred as two distinct breaches, the biggest of which had an expected magnitude of 7.9 on the moment magnitude scale and activated a tsunami that was observed nearby the Bay of Bengal. It is perhaps the initial earthquake for which rupture limits have been projected instrumentally.

Year 1941

The 1941 Andaman Islands earthquake hit the Andaman Islands on June 26 with a magnitude of 7.7 to 8.1. Well, it occurred a long time ago so the details of this event are poorly known as much of Southeast Asia was in the chaos of World War II.

The quake produced disastrous damage in the Andaman Islands and the estimated number of people killed in the earthquake and tsunami in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, and Sri Lanka are more than 8,000 people.

Year 2002

On 14 August 2002, a strong earthquake struck northern parts of the Andaman Islands in the Andaman & Nicobar Archipelago at 3:58 AM local time. It had a magnitude of Mw=6.5 as well as it lasted close to 2-minutes. A number of moderate aftershocks were felt in the region in the succeeding days comprising two large events on the 14th and 18th of September 2002. In spite of its magnitude and location, this earthquake did not result in any deaths or injuries.

Year 2009

The earthquake in Andaman Islands in the year 2009 was occurred on August 11 at 19:55 UTC in the Andaman Islands of India. The earthquake magnitude was recorded as 7.5 Mw, as well as it was the strongest in the region since the year 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. No casualties or injuries were reported, even though there were complaints about minor damage to buildings.