Earthquake with magnitude of 5.1 hits Bay of Bengal

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter Scale hit the Bay of Bengal today at noon (12:35 pm). As per reports, the epicentre of the earthquake was approximately 320km east-northeast off Chennai.

According to the National Centre for Seismology, the epicentre of the earthquake was located in Pradesh 296 kilometres South-Southeast of Kakinada. The tremors were felt at 12:35 pm at a depth of 10 kilometres.

“Earthquake of Magnitude: 5.1, Occurred on 24-08-2021, 12:35:50 IST, Lat: 14.40 and Long: 82.91, Depth: 10 Km, Location: 296 km SSE of Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India,” said NCS in a tweet.

“We are still studying the tremors. We find the epicentre of the earthquake to be near Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, in the Bay of Bengal region. Tremblings were felt in parts of northern Tamil Nadu, including Chennai,” an official in the India Meteorological Department said.

As per reports, the employees, who are working inside the offices, rushed out of their buildings. However, there is no tsunami warning due to the quake.

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