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Earthquake jolts Andamans, Orissa

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, August 11
A huge earthquake in the north of the Andaman islands jolted the archipelago and even the Orissa coast on the Indian mainland early in morning today. The quake that measured 7.8 on the Richter scale led to a tsunami warning that was later withdrawn.

Thousands of people in Orissa and the Andamans spent the entire night on roads and fields fearing aftershocks, once the 1.25am earthquake brought them out of their beds in panic.

The India Meteorological Department in New Delhi reported the epicentre of the quake at latitude 14.10 north and longitude 93.00 east, just north of the Andaman Islands, and 1,020 km southeast of Orissa capital Bhubaneswar, where the jolt was clearly felt. IANS

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