An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck close to Nicobar Islands region on Friday. No loss of life or property was reported and no tsunami warning has been issued.
The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck at 1.21 pm in the afternoon east of Great Nicobar Island, was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres.
Great Nicobar Island is home to the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve and the INS Baaz naval air station. This is the second time that an earthquake has struck close to the Great Nicobar Island.
On 8 July, a Category IV earthquake hit the region. The quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale had its epicentre 70 km under the seabed, about 80 km to the east of Campbell Bay.
No tsunami warning was issued following the quake. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
The epicentre of the quake recorded at Nicobar Island Region was on the same fault line on which the magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck the Indian Ocean Region in 2004 triggering a tsunami that killed over 2 lakh people and displaced around 1.75 million people.
This is the third quake to have hit close to the Andaman and Nicobar Island chain.
An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 hit the Andaman Islands on 24 August. The epicentre of the quake was 10 kilometres deep in the sea west of Andaman Islands.