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Nicobar Islands,

India: see Andaman and Nicobar IslandsAndaman and Nicobar Islands
, union territory (2001 provisional pop. 356,265), India, in the Bay of Bengal. Port Blair (1991 pop. 74,955), in the Andamans, is the capital.
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Nicobar Islands

 

a group of 19 islands, 12 of which are inhabited, between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean near the Indian mainland. They cover an area of 1,600 sq km.

The Nicobar Islands are a continuation of the Arakan Mountains and the chain of Andaman Islands. Maximum elevation is 642 m. The islands are formed primarily of schists and sandstone; the small islands are formed of coral limestone. There is a subequatorial monsoonal climate. Annual precipitation ranges from 2,200 to 3,200 mm. The southern islands are covered with tropical evergreen forests; the northern islands, with high grassy meadows. There are coconut palm plantations; there is also fishing (including sea cucumber, or trepang, and shellfish) and the gathering of birds’ nests.

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5 magnitude earthquake struck off India's Andaman and Nicobar Island archipelago on Friday, the country's Metereological Department reported.
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Small waves about half-a-metre high and within normal tide limits had already washed into the Campbell Bay area on the Great Nicobar island, the official said.
Vivek Rae, the chief secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said on Sunday afternoon that the tremors were still being felt across the Union Territory.
local time (1926 UTC Saturday) was centered about 157 kilometers (98 miles) west-southwest of Misha on India's Nicobar Islands.
The estimated annual incidence of acute diarrhea per 100,000 children in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands was 609 in 2001, 580 in 2002, 595 in 2003, 601 in 2004, 571 in 2005, 370 in 2006, and 420 in 2007.
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The northernmost of the Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar lies isolated in the Ten Degree Channel, more than 150 kilometres from South Andaman and more than 200 from Great Nicobar.
Samir Acharya, head of a non-governmental organisation in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said: 'I haven't heard of any damage
4 on the Richter scale - occurred near the Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal yesterday morning, the Hong Kong Observatory said.
Police were quoted as saying aftershocks earlier Thursday in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, where thousands died Sunday, were ''likely'' to cause high waves.
THE primitive tribes of the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands yesterday faced up to the full horror of the tragedy.