Union Home Ministry has
asked the Chief Secretaries of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and all East
Coast States to issue a Coastal Alert, in view of the alert issued by
the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)
following the earthquake of magnitude 8.5 on the richter scale at 1409
hrs (IST) in Indonesia today. 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.
NDRF teams 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 Hindon airport. Airlift will be organized by the Air Force
in case these teams need to be flown.