Tsunami alert: ‘Govt ready to meet any situation`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 22:57
  
Chennai: Ruling out possibilities of a tsunami hitting Tamil Nadu coast, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said her government is prepared to handle any situation arising out of natural calamities.

"It is common that small tremors are felt after a big earthquake of 8.7 (magnitude). Such small tremors were felt in some parts of Tamil Nadu. While there is no possibility of a tsunami, the government machinery is geared up to tackle any situation with preventive measures," she said in a statement.

People, therefore, need not panic over tsunami fears, she said.

Earlier, she had directed the officials to implement preventive steps even as there was no possibility of a tsunami. Collectors of coastal districts were alerted and asked to stop people from venturing to the beach.

"Officials were asked to be prepared and on standby to face any emergency situation and were asked to implement the contingency plan meant for such times. In Chennai also, people were cautioned against venturing in the shore," she said.

The Centre had initially issued a tsunami warning to Tamil Nadu and some other states following the earthquake at Sumatra, but later withdrew it.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 22:57


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