Tremors were felt across eastern coast of the country following an 8.6 magnitude earthquake recorded in Aceh province, off Sumatra in Indonesia.
Tremors were felt in Chennai, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and several other cities across South India following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia.
Areas near Marina Beach Road in Chennai have been alerted in the wake of several coastal regions of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands being put on alert, police said.
There were no immediate reports of damage to property or loss of lives.
In Kerala, people in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi experienced slight tremors.
The country’s IT capital Bangalore also experienced mild tremors, police said.
People rushed out of houses and high rise office buildings in panic in these cities.
Kolkata and its neighbourhood were rocked by a mild tremor. Tremors were also felt in North 24 Parganas adjoining Kolkata and in the north Bengal town of Siliguri, officials said.
According to reports, some buildings on Park street in the metropolis developed cracks.
Metro Rail services in Kolkata were suspended from 2:42 p.m. and passengers were asked to vacate stations.
Tsunami alert sounded in Andamans
A tsunami alert has been sounded in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, although there was no
report of any loss of life or damage to property from any of the islands.
Official sources said a tsunami alert has been sounded in the Little Andamans, southern group of islands including the Great Nicobar, Campbell Bay, Katchal as well as the Andamans.
The Andaman and Nicobar Command of the armed forces has also been alerted about a tsunami.
Sources in the Disaster Management department said there was no report of any loss of life or property from any of the islands.
Mild tremors in Odisha
Mild tremors were felt in different parts of Odisha, including the state capital.
Apart from Bhubaneswar, places like Cuttack, Khurda, Nayagarh, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur were shaken, official sources said.
People working in high-rises and multi-storeyed buildings moved out in panic as also from shopping malls and market places, they said.
There was no report of casualty or damage from anywhere in the state, the sources said.
Mild tremor in Assam
A mild tremor was felt in parts of Assam. Tremors were felt in Barak Valley in South Assam,
Guwahati and its adjoining areas, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar and Jorhat districts in upper Assam and some districts of lower Assam, official sources said.
There was, however, no immediate report of any casualty, injuries or damage to property.
The tremor began at 2:16 p.m and three more tremors were felt at an interval of 20 seconds each.
A spokesman of the Seismological Centre at Shillong said that the epicentre of the earthquake was at Latitude 2.3 degree North and Longitude 93.0 degree East off the west coast of North Sumatra.