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No tsunami threat to India

New Delhi: There is no threat of tsunami along the Indian coast, officials said on Thursday after a massive earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami in Japan.

“There is no tsunami threat to India and people should not panic,” Shailesh Nayak, ministry of earth sciences secretary, told a news agency.

Nayak said the tsunami warnings have been issued to east Asian countries and not in the Indian Ocean.

Following the 2004 tsunami, India in 2007 had set up a tsunami warning centre run by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) in Hyderabad under the ministry of earth sciences.

A massive earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale hit Japan early Thursday, triggering tsunamis as high as 10 metres that slammed the far east country’s coastal areas. There was no immediate estimate of casualties.

The earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast, forcing people to flee their homes.

Tsunami alerts were issued in the Philippines, Taiwan, Guam and Russia as well as islands in the Pacific, and Indonesia.

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