The 6.6 magnitude quake struck just off India’s remote Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal about 10:24 p.m. local time Tuesday.
The only injuries caused by the quake occurred when two people jumped from a roof during the shaking, according an official in the Andaman capital of Port Blair.
The US Geoglocial Survey determined the epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 28 miles and 135 miles north of Port Blair.
The quake was felt so strongly on the other side of the Bay of Bengal in Chennai that some residents remained outdoors in fear of strong aftershocks.
Residents in the far eastern state of Orissa rushed out of their houses in panic when the quake’s shock waves arrived there.
Seismologists said that the orientation, force and depth of the quake prevented any significant tsunami from being generated.