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7.2 quake shakes Indian islands

Tsunami warning canceled

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BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- A 7.2 earthquake centered in the Nicobar Islands shook the Indian Ocean but did not pose a widespread threat of a tsunami, an official said.

"There is no danger for the basin," said Barry Hirshorn of the NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

"There may be a tsunami generated very local to the event, but there is no danger to the people far away."

Officials in Delhi, India, said there was no damage on the Nicobar Islands from the quake, which struck at 12:02 p.m. ET.

The Indian government did not issue a tsunami alert after the quake.

Shortly after it issued it, Thailand's National Disaster Center in Bangkok lifted a tsunami warning that had urged residents on the western coast and Phuket to move to higher ground.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a preliminary 7.0 magnitude and said it was centered about 690 miles southwest of Bangkok.

"Yes, we felt tremors," Vivek Porwal, district commissioner of Nicobar, told CNN from the islands. "A lot of anxious people rushed out of their homes."

A deadly tsunami hit the region last December 26 after a 9.15 magnitude quake centered on the same fault. More than 176,000 people were killed from Indonesia to Africa.

CNN correspondents Ram Ramgopal and Narunart Prapanya contributed to this report

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