Quakes in Andamans, tremors in Chennai


Chennai: June 28, 2008 – A series of three undersea earthquakes, two of high intensity, struck off the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean on Friday, triggering fears of another tsunami. Buildings shook and there was a power blackout in the Islands, forcing panic-stricken people out of their homes and offices. There were no casualties but tremors were felt as far away as along the eastern coast at Chennai, where offices emptied out.


The first earthquake, of magnitude 6.7 on the Richter scale, struck at 5.10 pm around 115 km southwest of Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The epicentre lay under the sea at a depth of 35 km. The intensity of the quake was such that it shook the ground and rattled buildings in the already ravaged Islands, constantly hit by earthquakes after the devastating tsunami of December 26, 2004.


The second quake of moderate intensity — 5 on the Richter scale — occurred at 6 pm, while the third one —a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 — was recorded 135 km southwest of Port Blair at 6.38 pm. It occurred at a depth of 35km.


S N Jha, deputy commissioner, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, told The Times of India that there was no loss of life or damage to property. There was only a power shutdown, that too in some areas of the island. “Power has been shut down as a precautionary measure. It will be restored in a few hours,” he said.


“The situation is normal. People initially panicked, but normalcy has returned. The administration is prepared to meet any contingency,” he said.


Another government official said field officers had rushed out immediately to assess the damage, and there were no reports of any loss of life or property.

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Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist, Ph.D., D. Litt., D Sc. (H.C), Editor-in-Chief of International Reporter, Chairman Media International Ltd., Born on 15 January 1927 in Montgomery, now in Pakistan. Internationally known, man of letters with over dozen of books and thousands of articles to his credit on various subjects including theories on the Creation of the Universe, the Black Holes, Supernovas and other functions of the Universe, Nature and Life , which he described both ways, philosophically and scientifically. He further elaborated how the entire Cosmos were formed. He holds spiritual wisdom of predicting and curing powers of the human problems, so much so, he is popularly known as Destiny Repairer, hence people call him with respect as Swamy Ji. He got the privilege of leading various Parliamentary Delegations abroad on good will missions; he also got the privilege of being invited by differnt Heads of State on state visits. He is the Founder of God Believers (GBA) who place belief in “FAITH”, Universal Modern Religion. FAITH is not a religion but a human service, an encyclopedia of creating healthy balance between Science and God. The main purpose of this mission is to defend the Identity of God from Scientists on one hand and to help fight Global Environmental Abuses, to create awareness of high risks of Excessive Nuclear Stockpiles, global service to the Human Rights and Justice on the other. He is a very simple man, he commands special respect as a holy man with high spiritualism and people address him as His Holiness. He is equally dedicated to the cause of media and journalism where he has been serving the people through his writing for over 50 years; he has also served as Member of Press Council of India. His main aim is to serve the humanity and all kinds of life on the Earth, to serve the elders, women and children, the blind, crippled, lepers and the needy, he is committed to save the Mother Earth from the abuses caused by humans and the nature through the social mission of God Believers (GBA), which also serves the World Peace. In short, he is a global social reformer. Google