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India sounds tsunami warning after Indonesian quake

Delhi,Crime/Disaster/Accident, Wed, 11 Apr 2012 IANS

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) India Wednesday asked states along its east coast to be on high alert amid tsunami fears following a massive earthquake in Indonesia.


The union home ministry issued advisories asking the governments of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and all east coast states to issue a "coastal alert", an official spokesperson said in a statement.


The warning was sounded in view of the alert issued by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) following the 8.5 earthquake in Indonesia.


"They have been asked to advise fishermen not to venture out in the sea. The Andaman administration has moved people from Nicobar side to safer areas, as a precautionary measure. The precautionary drill has been activated," the statement said.


Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed and kept on standby as a precautionary measure.


"Six teams have moved to Chennai. In addition, six more teams have moved to the Hindon airbase (near the capita). Airlift will be organised by the air force in case these teams need to be flown."


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