6.4 magnitude earthquake rocks Andaman Islands

Monday, May 31, 2010

Location map of the earthquake.
Image: United States Geological Survey.

A 6.4 moment magnitude earthquake has hit near the Andaman Islands, Bay of the Bengal, India, on Tuesday at 1:21:48 AM local time (Monday 19:51:48 UTC), USGS has reported.

The earthquake had a depth of 127.7 kilometers (79.4 miles). The epicenter was located 120 kilometers southeast of Port Blair, Andaman Islands; 350 kilometers north of Mohean, Nicobar Islands; 795 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, Thailand and 2580 kilometers southeast of New Delhi, India.

No casualties or damage have been reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said there was a "very small possibility of a local tsunami near the centre" but no possibility of a destructive, widespread tsunami.