New Delhi: Six medium intensity earthquakes jolted the Andaman and Nicobar islands in a span of four hours on Sunday, with each measuring around five or more on the Richter Scale, but there was no tsunami alert.
Another earthquake, not far from the archipelago, hit the North Sumatra Island in Indonesia, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale at 3.04 p.m. and at a depth of 10 km.
According to the Seismology Division of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the first earthquake occurred at 4.12 p.m. measuring 5.2, followed by another earthquake 11 minutes later measuring 5.
The third earthquake struck at 5.24 p.m. again measuring 5 after which at 6.54 p.m., a quake measuring 5.2 hit the islands.
At around 8.04 p.m., another jolt of 5.2 was recorded followed by a mild tremor of 4.9 which hit the islands at 8.17 p.m. All the earthquakes were recorded at a depth of 35-60 km. The area around the islands is known to be a seismic zone.
(Inputs from PTI)