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Thursday, May 20, 2010

No tsunami threat to India due to Indonesia earthquake


There is no immediate tsunami threat to the Indian mainland and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands due to the earthquake which hit Indonesia today morning, the Indian government said.

"However, there is a possibility of a mild rise in the sea water level," the government said in a statement.

The union home ministry has advised the coastal states and union territories to take appropriate precautionary measures, it added.

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the Sumatran coast of Aceh province.

DPA reports, quoting the Indonesian Meteorology, Geophysics and Climatology Agency, said the quake was recorded at 0559 GMT, with the epicentre 66 km southwest of Maulaboh in West Aceh district.

There were no reports of damage or casualties. (IANS)

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