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There is a possibility of a destructive local tsunami in the Indian Ocean," the agency said in a written statement about the earthquake, which struck at 12:02 p.m. ET.
In an hour or less, a tsunami could hit all coasts of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India and, in Indonesia, the Indian Ocean coast and Malacca coast of Sumatra.
Originally posted by stumason
Those charts, Sanc....why are ones from all over the world solid black? Is it that they are just measuring the indian quake, but at different time intervals due to distance?
Any word on reports of a tsunami?
THAI authorities have issued a tsunami warning for the southwest coast including Phuket island after a major earthquake in India's Nicobar Islands.
"There is a possibility of a tsunami and if it happens it will affect Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Ranong, Satun and Trang provinces," the National Disaster Warning Centre's director Plodprasop Surasawadi said in an emergency broadcast.
Looks like Thailand was just being cautious.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages. No tsunami has been reported. The islands are in the Indian Ocean between India and Thailand.
The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., reported an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude hit near the Nicobar Islands. The quake was centered about 80 miles west of Misha, Nicobar Island.
The earthquake was of magnitude 7.2, struck at 9:12 p.m. and was centered in Nicobar, said I. B. A. Rao, a duty officer in New Delhi's Meteorology Department.
The quake also jolted the southern Indian state of Madras.
"There is nothing to worry about," India's Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said.