India tsunami centre expects mild sea surge, ‘not alarming’

NEW DELHI, June 12, 2010 (AFP) – India’s tsunami centre warned Sunday a major quake under the Indian Ocean would generate a 50-centimetre high (20-inch) surge in sea levels on the nearest islands, adding this was “nothing alarming.” “This is nothing alarming but just a watch,” he added by telephone from the headquarters of the state-run agency in the city of Hyderabad.

“We have sounded a ‘tsunami watch’ for 10 to 15 island locations where expected water level could be around 0.5 metres in the next 30 to 60 minutes,” Sriniwas Kumar, a spokesman from the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, told AFP.