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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 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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Moderate earthquake rocks Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, rocked the Andaman Islands region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.0°N and longitude 94.0°E, occurred at 0902 hours at a focal depth of 100 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud likely to cross north AP, south Odisha coast on Oct 12: IMD

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The cyclonic storm Hudhud is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon on October 12, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 2000 hours today said the cyclone over south-east Bay of Bengal had moved west-north-westward and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST near latitude 12.8ºN and longitude 91.0ºE, about 970 km southeast of Gopalpur and 1000 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam. 
 
"The system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours. The system would cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall at many places over Andman & Nicobar Islands during the next 12 hours, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting into 70 kmph would prevail in and around Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next 12 hours. The sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar islands will be high during the next 12 hours, it said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause damage to thatched huts and minor damage to power and communication lines in the islands. Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 24 hours.
 
The bulletin also forecast rainfall at most places on the north Andhra Pradesh coast and south Odisha coast from October 11 evening onwards, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (? 24.5 cm).
 
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Rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall at a few places, over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and districts of north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from October 11 morning onwards, it said. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph from October 12 morning, it said.
 
The sea condition would be rough to very rough from October 11 morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards, it said.
 
The IMD warned that there could be extensive damage to "kutcha" houses and partial disruption of power and communication cyclones under the influence of the system.
 
There could also be minor disruption of rail and road traffic, potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes, it said.
 
The bulletin called for suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of cyclone. It also suggested judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in affected areas should remain at safe places around landfall period, it added.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud heads towards A&N Islands, may hit AP, Odisha on Oct 12

The cyclonic storm Hudhud headed towards Andaman & Nicobar Islands today and was likely to intensify and hit north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast, between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur, around noon on October 12.
 
The cyclone lay centred at 0830 hrs IST today over north Andaman Sea near latitude12.3ºN and longitude 92.9ºE, close to Long Island. 
 
"It is now crossing Andaman & Nicobar Islands close to Long Island. Thereafter, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and 
subsequently into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours," a bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) at noon today said.
 
"The system would cross north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at most places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (?25 cm), during the next 24 hours.
 
It said the sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar Islands would be high during the next 24 hours.
 
The bulletin said there could be damage to thatched huts in the islands and minor damage to power and communication lines.
 
Met department issues cyclone warning in Odisha
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 48 hours. 
 
The bulletin also warned that there would be rainfall at most places on north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts, with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls, from the evening of October 11.
 
Heavy rain to very heavy rainfall would also commence at a few places over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram. Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and districts of north coastal Odisha during the same period, it said.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along north Andhra and Odisha coasts from the morning of October 11, it said. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 from October 12 morning.
 
The bulletin said the sea condition along north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast would be rough to very rough from October 11 morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards, the bulletin added.
 
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Cyclone alert issued for Andaman & Nicobar Islands; AP, Odisha asked to watch out

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued a cyclone alert for the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and a pre-cyclone watch for north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts after a depression over north Andaman Sea and its neighbourhood intensified into a deep depression.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 2000 hours said the depression had moved west-northwestwards during the past six hours, intensified into a deep depression and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST of today over north Andaman Sea and neighbourhood near latitude12.0 N and longitude 94.0 E, about 130 km 
east-southeast of Long Island.
 
The bulletin said the deep depression would further move west-northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. It would cross Andaman & Nicobar Islands close to Long Island by tomorrow forenoon, it said.
 
"Thereafter, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards for some 
more time and then northwestwards towards north Andhra Pradesh - Odisha coast during subsequent 96 hours," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the system's influence, there would be rainfall at most places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (>=25 cm) during the next 36 hours.
 
It said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph would prevail in and around 
Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next six hours. The wind speed would increase gradually reaching gale wind speed of 70-80 kmph by tomorrow morning.
 
The sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar islands is very rough. It would 
become high during the next 24 hours.
 
The storm is expected to cause damage to thatched huts in Andaman & Nicobar Islands and minor damage to power and communication lines.
 
Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 48 hours, the bulletin added.
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts Andaman Sea region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Sea region today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.5°N and longitude 95.3°E, occurred at 0951 hours at a focal depth of 36 km, a bulletin from IMD added.
 
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Moderate earthquake rocks Nicobar Islands

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, rocked the Nicobar Islands this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 8.6°N and longitude 92.6°E, occurred at 1837 hours at a focal depth of 41 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded off coast of North Andaman Islands

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, was recorded off the coast of North Andaman Islands this evening.
 
A bulletin from the India Meterological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 14.3°N and longitude 92.8°E, occurred at 1841 hours at a depth of 13 km.
 
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Rijiju says illegal immigration into Andaman & Nicobar Islands will be curbed

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Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that illegal immigration into the strategic islands of Andaman & Nicobar would be curbed. 
 
Talking to newspersons here yesterday at the end of a three-day visit to the islands, he said that it had come to the knowledge of the Centre that people from abroad manage to secure false identities and infiltrate into Andaman & Nicobar.
 
However, the Centre is committed to put a check on such illegal activities, he said. 
 
Cautioning against overcrowding in the environmentally sensitive islands of Andaman & Nicobar, Mr Rijiju said congestion would hamper its ecological protection and sustainable development. 
 
He favoured effective regulations in allowing people from outside the Islands in restricted areas. However, he emphasized that while protecting the cultural identities and livelihoods of the indigenous population, promotional activities should also go hand in hand in such a way that balanced growth is ensured without compromising on the interests of the tribal people. 
 
While responding to a query on the high cost of air travel between the islands and mainland, Mr Rijiju said the issue would be actively looked into by the Centre. The need to increase the frequency of inter-island ferry travel would also be considered sympathetically, he said. 
 
Actions are being initiated at a fast pace to overcome the problem of poor telecom connectivity in the islands that suffer from paucity of satellite transponders. Rs 150 crore has already been released to the Islands Administration by the Centre for improving telecom connectivity, he informed. 
 
As the basic geographical structure of the Islands and in some cases their dimensions have got marginally changed due to the 2004 tsunami, remapping of the Union Territory and preparing the latest and reliable cartography of the islands would be initiated very soon, by adopting the latest scientific tools and technology, he said.
 
Mr Rijiju said more administrative powers would be delegated to the Island Administration, and the Centre would mainly be concerned with major policy initiatives related to the islands. 
 
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Moderate quake jolts Nicobar Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 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 9.7°N and longitude 93.7°E, occurred at 0222 hours today at a focal depth of 100 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Andaman Sea region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Sea region late last night, four hours after a magnitude 5.8 quake occurred in the area, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake which had its epicentre at latitude 12.6°N and longitude 95.2°E, occurred at 2303 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
The first tremor, which had its epicentre at latitude 12.7°N and longitude 95.3°E, had occurred at 1910 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, the IMD had said earlier.
 
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