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Tsunami has shifted Port Blair

The A&N capital has shifted by over 1 m towards south-east, says a survey.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Port Blair
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2005 04:41 AM IST

Andaman and Nicobar capital Port Blair has shifted by over one metre towards the south-eastern direction after the killer earthquake and tsunami of December 26, a preliminary survey data has revealed.

A team of surveyors from the Survey of India compiling scientific readings from across the Anadman and Nicobar Islands has discovered that their Port Blair control point has shifted towards the south-eastern side by 1.15 metre from its earlier position.

"The sea has also recorded a not-so-significant drop of 25 cm from its earlier level at the Port Blair control point which leads us to infer that there could be some subsidence also," Surveyor General of India Prithvis Nag said.

However, the mean sea level has also increased by 1.5 m post-tsunami, he said.

A seven-member team of the survey body studying the latitude, longitude and height at 20 of its control points in all islands would compile the final data to be released at an international conference on disaster management on January 21, he said.

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