Port Blair/IBNS: A medium-intensity earthquake hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Friday evening.
According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.0, had its epicentre at 270km northeast of Campbell Bay, Andaman and Nicobar Island.
However, the United States Geological Survey has put the magnitude of the earthquake as 6.1 on the Richter Scale.
"Prelim M6.1 Earthquake Andaman Islands, India region Jul-17 14:03 UTC," an USGS tweet read.
Prelim M6.1 Earthquake Andaman Islands, India region Jul-17 14:03 UTC, updates https://t.co/T0qDQse67H— USGS Big Quakes (@USGSBigQuakes) July 17, 2020
The quake occurred at 8:12 PM and it stuck at a depth of 185 Km, the NCS said in a statement.
According to media reports, there have been three mild earthquakes on the islands since Friday afternoon before this final one.
The islands being a high-seismic zone is prone to earthquakes.