Alert issued across Kerala

Kerala government issued an alert across the state in the wake of a massive earthquake in Indonesia triggering fears of a tsunami.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government on Wednesday
issued an alert across the state, particularly for the coastal
belt, as most parts of the state experienced mild tremor in
in the wake of a massive earthquake in Indonesia triggering
fears of a tsunami.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, however, said there was no
need for panic though the alert was issued just for the people
and the authorities to maintain vigil.

Going by the reports received by the government by
agencies like IMD, possibility of a tsunami could not be
totally ruled out and people had been asked to keep a watch
over the situation, Chandy told reporters after a cabinet

Chandy said as per IMD repsort, even if the tsunami
strikes it would not be as intense as the one that had hit the
state in 2004. Fishermen had been asked not to venture into
sea for another four hours, Chandy said.

The dam sites and in the state were also under observation
as there had been reports of waves having occurred in some
of the reservoirs.

People in various parts of Kerala, including the state
capital and Kochi, experienced mild tremors in the wake of the
Indonesian quake.

In Kochi, panic prevailed for a while as people came out
of offices and highrise buildings. However, no damage to
buildings or other properties was reported from anywhere in
the state.


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