Chennai woke up to mild tremors on Tuesday morning from an earthquake that struck the Bay of Bengal. According to the United States Geological Survey, an earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale hit the Bay of Bengal. The earthquake, which caused tremors in the city at around 7 am, was at a depth of 10 kilometres, the USGS reported. According to reports, the earthquake was located over 600 km east-northeast off the coast of Chennai. While the USGS measured the earthquake at 4.9, the India Meteorological Department put the figure at 5.1.
Several users took to social media to share their experience of the earthquake.
“Definitely shaking around 7.05. rekindled memories of gujarat 2000,” one user wrote, recounting the tragic Bhuj earthquake in Gujarat that killed over 13,000 people.
Another resident from the city wrote, “We could definitely feel the tremors here in Alandur, vibrant tremors”
According to city-based weather blogger Pradeep John, the earthquake ‘did not happen with epicenter in Chennai.’
“Earthquake of 4.9 scale did not happen with epicenter in Chennai. It was located far away from Chennai. No harm is expected and nothing to worry. Dont believe in any rumors and dont forward any of the them,” (sic) he wrote on his Facebook page.
“The tremors were unmistakable,” wrote one user on Twitter.
“I just experienced a decent tremor in Chennai which shaked my bed!” said another.
Another user reported tremors in Chennai's Porur at around 6.55 am.