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6.0 magnitude earthquake hits Bay of Bengal

  • Published at 05:20 pm January 17th, 2019
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In a screenshot of the USGS website that maps earthquakes across the world, the green spot marks the location where the earthquake occurred in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has stated that the earthquake will not result in a tsunami

A strong earthquake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, has hit the Bay of Bengal region.

The earthquake hit the region at 8:45am (India Standard Time), India's National Center for Seismology said on Thursday morning.

The epicenter of the quake was about 84 kilometres deep in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7.6 N & Long: 94.5 E), according to United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) stated that the earthquake would not trigger a tsunami,as it did not result in a rise in sea level.

Officials have also said there were no immediate reports of loss of life or damage. But, the localities did feel the tremors.

The Andaman and Nicobar islands are prone to seismic activity. 

The region witnessed 12 earthquakes over the span of 24 hours on November 9, 2015 _ all measuring five or more on the Richter scale.

The strongest earthquake recorded in the area was in December 2005 that hit the north Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. 

The Andaman and Nicobar islands suffered the most as a total 4,486 people lost their lives during the disaster.