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Earth tremors experienced in hill country

By Randev Jayasinha

gMinor earth tremors were experienced in parts of the hill country yesterday.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) released a statement confirming that the tremor was experienced by those individuals residing in the areas of Badulla, Hali-Ela, Welimada, Nuwara Eliya, and Passara.

The Sunday Morning spoke to DMC Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippilli, who stated that the tremors were not significant and therefore possessed no immediate threat.

“The tremors have occurred towards the hilly areas of Sri Lanka, but at the moment we (the DMC) cannot provide further information on these happenings.”

An initial report released by the Seismic Data Analysis and Tsunami Alert Centre at the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau of Sri Lanka said that the tremor was recorded as 3.55 on the Richter scale.

The tremor was recorded at 08.17 a.m., at a depth of 10 km from the surface and the epicentre of the tremor was reported at Longitude 81.11 and Latitude 6.97.

Kodippilli stated that further investigations will be carried out by the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau of Sri Lanka and a comprehensive report will follow in the following weeks.

This hasn’t been the first instance of Sri Lanka experiencing tremors; the last instance of a tremor of this magnitude was recorded on 15 September 2018 in Kinniya, Trincomalee.