Earthquake in Andaman and Nicobar islands, no tsunami alert

An earthquake has hit Andaman and Nicobar islands. Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi Mar 14, 2017, 04.18 AM (IST)

An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck Andaman and Nicobar islands this morning, reports said. There are no reports of casualties so far.

According to National Centre for Seismology, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences, the quake, whose epicentre was in the Nicobar islands region, occurred at 8:21am(Indian Standard Time) at a depth of 10 kms.

However, it was not so powerful as to merit a tsunami warning. India has a dedicated tsunami warning centre that sends alerts to states and neighbouring countries in case of an earthquake.

There were no immediate reports of loss of life or property.

Another earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale jolted Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir at 5:48 am.

(WION with agency inputs)