Port Blair: An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale occurred on Wednesday morning in the Andaman Sea, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The quake hit 162 kilometres south-west of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. As of 6:39 am, no loss of life or property was reported, the news agency ANI said in a tweet.
A 5.4-magnitude quake is considered moderate. An earthquake must measure at least 6 on the Richter Scale to be considered strong. The Andaman and Nicobar islands fall into the “Very Severe Intensity” seismic zone, the fifth in a rubric defined by the Bureau of Indian Standards. A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit the islands on March 14.