India's Andaman Islands brace for 4-meter tsunami waves

By REUTERS
April 11, 2012 15:09

NEW DELHI - A few thousand people were evacuated to higher ground from parts of India's Andaman and Nicobar islands on Wednesday following earthquakes in Indonesia, as the islands prepared for tsunami waves up to 3.9 meters high, officials said.

"There could be high waves of 1.5 meters at Port Blair and 3.9 meters at Campbell Bay," said Prabhakar Rao, the official in charge of the disaster control room at Port Blair, the main town on the islands.

Small waves about half-a-meter high and within normal tide limits had already washed into the Campbell Bay area on the Great Nicobar island, the official said.

"We have evacuated people from low lying areas of Campbell Bay islands and we have also alerted them as there is a report that high waves may hit Indira Point area," south Andaman region police superintendent S.B.S. Tyagi said.

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