Massive earthquake of 8.7 magnitude hits Indonesia, 28 countries including India give Tsunami warning
A 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck the northern coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Wednesday afternoon, prompting India to issue a tsunami warning for Nicobar Islands, as well as the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
It is feared that a huge tsunami like the one of 2004 might be repeated, but people are being evacuated from the coastal areas, so the risk for loss of human lives is much lower.
Some buildings have developed cracks, and people have rushed out of offices and houses due to the risk of collapses.
Metro and railways have stopped functioning, and cell phone services have been affected too.
Similar warnings have been issued in 28 countries, including Australia, Thailand, Iran, Bangladesh, South Africa and Pakistan. These warnings do not mean that a tsunami is imminent, but that there is a potential risk for it.
Though so far no giant waves have hit the Indian shores, minor tremors have been registered in cities like Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Cuttack, located along the eastern coast of the country.