Chennai woke up to mild tremors on the morning of Tuesday, 12 February, 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.