New Delhi: Soon after 8.9 magnitude tremors hit waters of western coast of northern Sumatra, the Home Ministry on Wednesday said that there was no need to panic as the government is ready to deal with any eventuality.

No signs of Tsunami have been reported as of now. Whatever the case be the government is ready to face any eventuality,” said Union Home Secretary R K Singh.

He further said that to handle unwarranted situation, the Centre is in constant touch with the state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha which are most hit by the tremor.

Tremors were felt on Wednesday across the eastern coast of the country when earthquake measuring 8.9 on the richter scale hit Western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. The tremors were felt at a number of places including Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Patna and Guwahati.

Meanwhile, Indonesia has issued a Tsunami warning to 28 countries including India after the quake hit waters of westernmost Aceh province. Coastal regions of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman islands have been put on alert.

According to US Geological Survey, the quake was centred 33 kilometres beneath the surface of the ocean around 495 kilometres from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

Tsunami alert sounded in Andamans

Meanwhile, a tsunami alert has been sounded in the Andaman and Nicobar islands following a massive earthquake off Sumatra coast on Wednesday, although there was no report of any loss of life or damage to property from any of the islands.

Official sources said a tsunami alert has been sounded in the Little Andamans, southern group of islands including the Great Nicobar, Campbell Bay, Katchal as well as the Andamans.

The Andaman and Nicobar Command of the armed forces has also been alerted about a tsunami.

Sources in the Disaster Management department here said there was no report of any loss of life or property from any of the islands.

Sources said that the government has evacuated some people from South Andaman as a precautionary measure.

Mild tremors in Odisha

Mild tremors were felt in different parts of Odisha including the state capital here following the massive earthquake in Sumatra.

Apart from Bhubaneswar, places like Cuttack, Khurda, Nayagarh, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur were shaken, official sources said.

People working in high-rises and multi-storeyed buildings moved out in panic as also from shopping malls and market places, they said.

There was no report of casualty or damage from anywhere in the state, the sources said.

Tremor in Kolkata, buildings develop cracks

Kolkata and its neighbourhood were rocked by a mild tremor due to a high intensity earthquake off the coast of Sumatra.

Tremors were also felt in North 24 Parganas adjoining Kolkata and in the north Bengal town of Siliguri, officials said.

According to reports, some buildings on Park street in the metropolis developed cracks.

Metro Rail services in the city were suspended from 2:42 PM and passengers were asked to vacate stations.

Mild tremor in Assam

Meanwhile, mild tremors were also reported in parts of Assam on Wednesday Tremors were felt in Barak Valley in South Assam, Guwahati and its adjoining areas, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar and Jorhat districts in upper Assam and some districts of lower Assam, official sources said.

There was, however, no immediate report of any casualty, injuries or damage to property.

The tremor began at 2:16 p.m and three more tremors were felt at an interval of 20 seconds each.