A MAGNITUDE-5.1 earthquake occurred near the Andaman Islands, India, at around 6.21 p.m. local time today (Nov. 1) with the epicentre being approximately 669 km northwest of the Phang Nga’s capital district , Matichon newspaper and Crisis 24 Garda news site said.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Interior Ministry, said the quake did not have an impact on the Thai province.
The epicentre was about 89 km (55 miles) south-southeast of Port Blair. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 94 km (58 miles), and light shaking was probably felt throughout much of the Andaman Islands and far northern parts of the Nicobar Islands.
There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake; however, significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Light aftershocks are likely over the coming days. The event has not prompted any tsunami advisories.
Officials may temporarily shut down transportation infrastructure in the tremor zone to check for damage. Minor disruptions could occur during shutdowns, but service will likely resume quickly if no damage is found. Utility outages are possible, particularly near the earthquake’s epicentre.
Top: File photo of Andaman Islands. Photo: PTI and published by The Hindu
Front Page: World map showing location of the earthquake. Credit: Volcanodiscovery.com