April 11, 2012 / 1:41 PM / 5 years ago

India ends tsunami alert after Indonesia quakes

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Police close the road near the Marina beach after a tsunami alert was issued in the southern Indian city of Chennai April 11, 2012, following an earthquake which struck off Indonesia.Babu

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India withdrew a national tsunami alert issued after huge earthquakes struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, the Indian tsunami warning centre said.

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"Thankfully, the danger has passed," a scientist at the centre told Reuters.

Disaster officials had earlier warned waves as high as 3.9 meters could hit parts of India's Andoman and Nicobar islands. A few thousand people were evacuated from the more vulnerable islands, a police official said.

Reporting By Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Kim Coghill

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