Panic as quake jolts Indian coastal city

Panic briefly spread through the streets of Madras after residents felt the shocks of an earthquake off the coast of the remote Andaman islands.

Panic briefly spread through the streets of Madras after residents felt the shocks of an earthquake off the coast of the remote Andaman islands.

Police said no damage or injuries were reported, but residents could be seen running in the city after it was jolted.

The east coast of India, where Madras is located, was badly hit by the December 26 tsunami, which was caused by a stronger earthquake off the coast of Indonesia, not far from the Andamans.

Today’s earthquake struck near the Andaman and Nicobar islands off southern India, which have recently been jolted by aftershocks from the December 26 quake, Hong Kong seismologists said today.

The 6.3-magnitude quake hit near the islands at 12.22pm (4.22am Irish time), the Hong Kong Observatory said.

Samuel Cherian, the senior police officer in Campbell Bay, the southernmost island in the Andaman archipelago, said: “I was sitting in my office upstairs this morning at 10.45am when I felt a sudden jolt.

“My sentry downstairs also felt it. But there is no damage to property or life.”

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