Public panic prevailed in every part of the Andaman and Nicobar Iislands of India following the megathrust Sumatra earthquake (Mw 9.3) on 26 December 2004. In this article, we present a very brief analysis of our continuous three-month (January-March 2005) monitoring and recording of aftershock data following the main earthquake to show how this endeavor reduced public panic and constituted an important ingredient to a disaster management program for the Andaman-Nicobar region. Monitoring was conducted using six short-period three-component temporary digital seismograph stations set up in different parts of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Our findings demonstrate that...

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