Tourists & Goans told to stay away from water, due to probable tsunami

PTI, PANAJI | 11 April 2012 22:34 IST

Rise in sea level at Baga-Calangute (Courtesy: Rajtilak Naik)

The Goa government today asked people to stay away from the waters in the wake of a possible Tsunami situation following the earthquake in Indonesia.

Two massive earthquakes triggered back-to-back tsunami warnings for Indonesia today, creating panic also in India.

India later  withdrew the tsunami warning issued.

Earlier, the Earth sciences ministry and the National Disaster Management Authority had issued a tsuanmi warning for Andaman and Nicobar Island and an alert to coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Later, in subsequent bulletions, the two organisations virtually ruled out tsunami in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and elsewhere in the country. 

"There is no specific threat. It was a watch and alert. There is no likelihood of any tsunami in the Indian Ocean region," NDMA Vice President Sashidhar Reddy told PTI.

He said the earthquake that struck the Sumatra islands was not the kind of tremors that usually triggers tsunami tidal waves. 

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters that he has ordered district administration officials to go around in the coastal belt and ask people to excercise caution and remain inland.

"The officials will go in the coastal area and announce on the public sound system to remain away from the water," he said.

He also roped in  the tourism department  to make people aware on the beach.

The chief minister said there is no Tsunami warning for the state but enough precautions have been taken. 

However, Vasco people got panic as water level suddenly rose to unexpected height at Baina beach. It subsided later on.

Warning was also sent to all the fishing trawlers to return to the coast immedaitely while no trawler was sent in the sea following tsunami threat.

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