India Hit with 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake
A strong earthquake hit the Indian Ocean Sunday, June 13. Tsunami warnings were raised and tremors were felt in the eastern seaboard of India.
The tremor hit at 1:26 AM local time (1926 GMT) at a depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles) with epicenter at 160 kilometers west of the country’s Nicobar Islands.
The US Geological Survey gave initially a magnitude of 7.7 for the quake prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii to issue tsunami warnings for the entire Indian Ocean region. When the magnitude of the earthquake was lowered to 7.5, the warning was downsized to India only. Eventually the warning was cancelled altogether.
Many people woke up from their sleep when the earthquake hit. It was felt up to more than 1,000 kilometers in mainland India from the epicenter. The Press Trust of India reported that some fled from their homes in panic.
Local police reported that there were no signs of casualties or damaged properties.