17 July, 2006

High alert in Andaman & Nicobar, West Bengal

The coasts along the Andaman and Nicobar islands and West Bengal were put on high alert after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit beneath the Indian Ocean off the coast of Indonesia's Java island today but there was no Central alert issued to the coastal states. Following the tsunami, which killed eight persons in the Java island, all the points in the archipelago, mainly the southern tip which is nearer to Indonesia, were alerted, a source in the Andaman and Nicobar administration said.

A meeting of the Disaster Management Committee in the island, which was badly affected in the 2004 tsunami, also put on high alert vulnerable areas like the Indira Point, the southern most tip of India, islands in the Campbell Bay, Katchal island and the entire Car Nicobar island. P S Goel, Secretary, Ocean Development Department told PTI here that officials were closely monitoring the situation.

Read the Full Article at The Hindu

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