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India on alert following tsunami warning

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 20:22 IST

Following major earthquake near Kurile Islands off Pacific Coast north of Japan, Indian Meteorological Department is under high alert with tsunami warnings.

Dr RS Dattatrayam, Director (Seismology) speaking to the Hindustan Times said that earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale was picked by Indian seismograph network of stations of the Indian Meteorological Department.

The origin of the earthquake was at 16.44 minutes IST, he added.

He said, "There is no danger to India or no  cause for  concern for a  tsunami occurring in Indian coastal regions due to this earthquake,  however IMD is keeping close watch on the seismic activity in the region as it is the circum Pacific belt or Ring of Fire."

"This is the most seismically active area of the globe with nearly 80  per cent of the world's big earthquakes  occuring  along the 40,000 km horseshoe shaped ring due to global tectonic movements," he added.