Mild tremors felt in Chennai as earthquake hits Bay of Bengal

An earthquake measuring 4.9 magnitude on the Richter scale hit the Bay of Bengal region this morning, according to the US Geological Survey.

Light tremors were also felt in Chennai where people took to social media to report the quake. However, no casualty or damage to property was reported.

A bulletin of India Meteorological Department said mild tremors were felt in parts of the city as earthquake measuring 5.1 on Richter scale struck in the Bay of Bengal, 600 km east-northeast of Chennai around 7 am.

The impact of the earthquake considered of moderate intensity was felt more in areas closer to coast. However, no tsunami warning was given.

As per Geological Survey, the epicentre was 10 km below sea level and the quake struck about 609 km away from Chennai. Residents in Chennai felt the tremors and took to social media social media that they felt tremors in several parts.

Residents in Chennai shared on social media that they felt tremors near Tidal Park. One of them also said the quake reminded him of the 2004 tsunami and 2002 Gujarat Bhuj quake that killed many.