Moderate quake hits India's Andaman Islands

PORT BLAIR, India, June 19, (AFP) - A moderate 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit India's Andaman Islands Saturday, seismologists said, causing damage to infrastructure on the archipelago.

The quake shook people from their sleep, causing alarm on a string of islands that were hit by the massive 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but there were no reports of casualties.

The USGS said the quake struck at a depth of 27 kilometres (17 miles), with the epicentre 180 kilometres from Port Blair on the Andaman Islands, in the Indian Ocean.

No tsunami warning was issued. Government officials said there were no reports of loss of life or injury but many roads, offices and shops have suffered damage.

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