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Indian ships, aircraft widen search for missing Malaysian aircraft to Bay of Bengal

India has widened the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, which disappeared from the radars early on Saturday while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people board, to the Bay of Bengal at the request of the Malaysian government.

 
India has widened the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, which disappeared from the radars early on Saturday while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people board, to the Bay of Bengal at the request of the Malaysian government.
 
An official press release said here today that the Malaysian authorities had requested for the extension of the search to the Bay of Bengal in area of about 9000 sq km (15 km x 600 km).
 
"This area is approximately 900 km due west of Port Blair. Search in this area would be undertaken by the resources of Eastern Naval Command," it said.
 
Earlier, the Government had deployed assets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Air Force in a coordinated search of the area in South Andaman Sea for the missing airliner, which also had five Indians and a Canadian of Indian origin among its passengers.
 
Indian Navy has been nominated as the lead service for the coordination of the operation. The joint effort is being coordinated from Maritime Operations Centre of the Indian Navy in New Delhi.
 
The release said specific areas had been allocated by the Malaysian authorities for search by Indian ships and aircraft. Presently, two ships of Indian Navy, INS Saryu and INS Kumbhir, are combing the designated areas in South Andaman Sea.
Hunt for missing jet spreads to Indian Ocean
 
INS Kesari has replaced INS Kumbhir at around 1500h today for the search as it is also carrying an integral helicopter.  In addition, two Coast Guard vessels are also carrying out search along the coastline. Two Dornier aircraft of Indian Navy and Coast Guard are also carrying out aerial search in the vicinity of the Andaman coastline.
 
The Joint Operations Room at Port Blair has been activated to monitor the progress of the search operations. The Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command has been nominated as the Overall Force Commander of the Indian Forces.
 
 
The Boeing B777-200 ER aircraft, operating flight MH370, was reported missing off the Vietnamese coast around 0240 hours Malaysian time on Saturday. 
 
The plane had departed from Kuala Lumpur at 1241 Saturday morning and was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30 am local Beijing time on the same day.
 
Over the past five days, a lot of information has been thrown up, but most of them have turned out to be false leads and a massive search operation, involving ships and aircraft from several countries, has not found any trace of the missing aircraft. India is the latest country to have joined the search efforts in its territorial waters.
 
Malaysian police have said they are looking at all kinds of possibilities, including terrorism, hijacking, sabotage, mechanical failure and passengers or crew members with personal or psychological problems.
 
The airline has deployed teams of caregivers in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, consisting of its trained staff and volunteers from NGOs to take care of families of the passengers and crew of the aircraft.
 
Over the past four days, the search and rescue teams have expanded the scope of their operations beyond the flight path to the West Peninsula of Malaysia at the Straits of Malacca. 
 
"The authorities are looking at a possibility of an attempt made by MH370 to turn back to Subang. All angles are being looked at. We are not ruling out any possibilities," the airline had said in a statement on Tuesday.
 
The last known position of MH370 before it disappeared off the radar was 065515 North (longitude) and 1033443 East (latitude).
 
The search and rescue mission has been joined by teams from countries such as Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, the United States of America and now India.
 
Apart from the search in the sea, search on land in between these areas is also being conducted.
 
The airline said the aircraft, was carrying a total of 239 people, comprising 227 passengers (including two infants) and 12 members of crew. 
 
According to the manifest, the Indians on the flight were identified as: Mr Vinod Kolekar, 59; Ms Chetana Kolekar, 55; Mr Swanand Kolekar, 23; Ms Chandrika Sharma, 51; and Mr Kranti Shirsath, 44. The list also includes a Canadian of Indian origin, Mr Muktesh Mukherjee, 42.
 
The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on board are Malaysians.
 
The passengers include 153 from China/Taiwan (including one infant), 38 from Malaysia, 5 Indians, 7 Indonesians, 6 Australians, four from France, three (including an infant) from the United States, two each from Ukraine, Canada and New Zealand, and one each from Russia, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria.
 
The flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53 with total flying hours of 18,365hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981. First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, a Malaysian, 27, has total flying hours of 2,763 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.
 
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The families of passengers may contact +603 7884 1234 (Kuala Lumpur) / +8610 6437 6249 (Beijing), the airline said.
 
Among the latest theories is one that suggests that the aircraft could have been deliberately flown across the Malay peninsula towards the Andaman Islands by someone with aviation training, hundreds of km from its intended flight path.
 
Malaysia Airlines did not give out any new information today, except to say that it would continue to cooperate with the search and rescue mission being coordinated by the Department of Civil Aviation under the Ministry of Transport.
 
"Malaysia Airlines is fully aware of the on-going media speculations and we have nothing further to add to the information we have already provided," it said.
 
"The aircraft is still missing, and the search area is expanding," Malaysia's acting Minister of Transport Hishamuddin Hussein told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
 
"We are now pushing further into the South China Sea, and further into Indian Ocean," he said.
 
Mr Hussein said as many as 57 ships and 48 aircraft from 13 countries were involved in the search efforts. "Our priority remains finding the plane," he said.
 
He said investigating teams would not release any information until it had been properly verified and corroborated.
 
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Moderate quake rocks Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region in the early hours of today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 10.1°N and longitude 93.5°E, occurred at 0021 hours at a focal depth of 70 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts North Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, jolted the North Andaman Islands region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.2°N and longitude 92.2°E, occurred at 0900 hours at a focal depth of 20 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region late this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 9.2°N and longitude 93.3°E, occurred at 1943 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Middle Andaman Island region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Middle Andaman Island region late tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.5°N and longitude 92.8°E, occurred at 2359 hours at a focal depth of 50 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Andaman Islands

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, jolted the Andaman Islands region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.9°N and longitude 92.8°E, occurred at 0559 hours at a focal depth of 38 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 11.0°N and longitude 93.5°E, occurred at 1836 hours at  focal depth of 117 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 6.7°N and longitude 94.5°E, occurred at 1830 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts Great Nicobar Islands

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, shook the Greater Nicobar Islands tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 6.8°N and longitude 94.6°E, occurred at 2011 hours at a focal depth of 35 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded off west coast of Nicobar Islands

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, was recorded off the west coast of Nicobar Islands this morning.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.5°N and longitude 94.3°E, occurred at 0806 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.1°N and longitude 93.6°E, occurred at 1109 hours at a focal depth of 33 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Moderate earthquake rocks Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.5°N and longitude 92.8°E, occured at 0648 hours today at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.3°N and longitude 94.4°E, occurred at 1135 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Three earthquakes recorded in Nicobar Islands region

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Three earthquakes -- a moderate one of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale and two minor ones measuring 4.8 and 4.6 -- shook the Nicobar Islands region today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake occurred at 0855 hours, with its epicentre at latitude 7.4°N and longitude 94.4°E, at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
The second tremor had its epicentre at latitude 6.8°N and longitude 95.0°E and occurred at 1136 hours at a depth of 10 km.
 
The third one came six minutes later. It had its epicentre at latitude 7.1°N and longitude 94.1°E and occurred at a depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Andaman Sea

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Andaman Sea this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude  7.5°N and longitude 94.5°E, occurred at 1038 hours at a focal depth of 55 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.3°N and longitude 94.4°E, occurred at 0249 hours today at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Three earthquakes jolt Nicobar Islands region

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Three earthquakes shook the Nicobar Islands region within the space of about 22 minutes this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre at latitude 9.0°N and longitude 93.9°E, occurred at  1312 hours at a focal depth of 33 km.
 
The second, of moderate intensity, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre at latitude 07.5°N and longitude 94.5°E and occurred at 1320 hours at a focal depth of 33 km.
 
The third quake, of magnitude 4.8, had its epicentre at latitude 7.6°N and longitude 94.3°E and occurred at 13.34 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
Earlier in the day, there were two minor quakes reported from the Andaman Sea region.
 
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Two minor earthquakes rock Andaman Sea region

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Two earthquakes of slight intensity shook the Andaman Sea region within half an hour of each other this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, occurred at 1034 hours today and had its epicentre at latitude 7.5°N and longitude 94.6°E at a focal depth of 16 km.
 
The second tremor, of magnitude 4.7, occurred at 1108 hours at a depth of 18 km. Its epicentre was at latitude 8.0°N and longitude 94.7°E, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.3°N and longitute 94.5°E, occurred at 2116 hours today at a focal depth of 80 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Deep depression over Bay of Bengal to weaken before reaching near AP coast

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A deep depression over central Bay of Bengal may intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours but weaken gradually into a depression while reaching near the Andhra Pradesh coast on the morning of November 9, th e India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 2030 hours said the deep depression had remained practically stationary during the past six hours and lay centered at 1730 hours IST near latitude 14.10 N and longitude 86.90 E, about 690 km west-northwest of Port Blair,560 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 690 km south-southeast of Paradip.
 
"It would move northwestwards and may intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hrs. It would then move west-northwestwards towards Andhra Pradesh coast. It would weaken gradually into a depression while reaching near the coast on 9th Nov. 2014, morning," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, moderate rainfall would occur at many places over districts of Andhra Pradesh on November 8 and 9.
 
Squally winds, with speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph, would prevail in and around Andaman Islands during the next 12 hours and along and off Andhra Pradesh coast on November 8 and 9, it said.
 
Sea conditions around Andaman Islands would be rough to very rough 
during the next 12 hours and along and off Andhra Pradesh coast on November 8 and 9, it said.
 
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off Andaman Islands during the next 12 hours. Similarly, fishermen were advised not to venture into sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast on November 8 and 9. Fishermen out at sea along and off this coast should return to the coast, the bulletin added.
 
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Depression over central Bay of Bengal likely to intensify, cause rains over Andaman

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A depression over central Bay of Bengal is likely to move nealry northwards initially and intensify further into a deep depression in the next 24 hours, causing rainfall at many places over Andaman during this period, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
A buletin from the IMD issued at 0820 hours today said the depression over central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal had moved northwards and lay centred at 0530 hours IST over central Bay of Bengal near latitude 13.80 N and longitude 87.50 E, about 610 km west-northwest of Port Blair, 630 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 730 km south-southeast of Paradip.
 
"It would move nearly northwards initially and intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hrs," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at many places over Andaman during the next 24 hours, with isolatd heavy to very heavy falls.
 
Moderate rainfall would occur at many places over districts of north Andhra Pradesh and coastal Odisha on November 8 and 9, it said.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph will prevail in
and around Andaman Islands during next 24 hours, the bulletin said.
 
The sea conditions around Andaman Islands would be rough to very rough during the next 24 hours, it said.
 
The bulletin advised fishermen not to venture into sea along and off Andaman Islands during the next 48 hours.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nicobar Islands region again

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale shook the Nicobar Islands region in the early hours of today -- the third tremor in the area in the past four days.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.8°N and longitude 94.6°E, occurred at 0337 hours today at a focal depth of 6 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
Yesterday, the same region was jolted by a minor earthquake, also measuring 4.7. It had its epicentre at latitude 7.6°N and longitude 95.0°E and occurred at 0826 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 60 km.
 
On October 24, an earthquake of magnitude 4.4 had been recorded late in the night in the same region. It had its epicentre at latitude 7.6°N and longitude 94.4°E and occurred at 2253 hours on Frday at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.6°N and longitude 95.0°E, occurred at 0826 hours at a focal depth of 60 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
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Minor earthquake rocks Nicobar Islands

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands late tonight, the India Meteorological Deparment (IMD) said.
 
A bulletin from IMD said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.6°N and longitude 94.4°E, occurred at 2253 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake rocks Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale, shook the Nicobar Islands region last night.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 7.4°N and longitude 94.4°E, occurred at 0006 hours today at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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