Nine earthquakes hit Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 2 hours


New Delhi, April 1: Nine medium intensity earthquakes, with a magnitude ranging from 4.7 to 5.2, hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Monday morning, all in a span of two hours.

According to the National Centre for Seismology, the first jolt with a magnitude of 4.9 occurred at 5.14 am followed by another jolt with a magnitude of 5 a couple of minutes later.

The last jolt was recorded at 6.54 am with a magnitude of 5.2.

No loss of life or damage to property has been reported so far.

The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago lies in the highly intense seismic zone and is often prone to earthquakes.

It is also not unusual for the islands to witness more than two-three quakes a day.

However, nine back to back earthquakes are a matter of concern as this number and the frequency is a little unusual. According to experts at Skymet, one shouldn’t take this lightly as the tremors could be pre-shocks to an upcoming catastrophe

Andaman and Nicobar Islands have seen a spree of earthquakes off late. On March 23 a medium intensity earthquake had struck the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The quake measured 5.1 on the Richter Scale.


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