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Minor tremor in Ekiriya Area

A minor tremor was reported in Ekiriya area in Lunugala this morning at around 4:53am.

The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GS&MB) said the tremor measured 1.5 on the Richter scale and was recorded at the Pallekele and Hakmana seismic centres.


Minor tremor reported from Madolsima

Asela Kuruluwansa

A tremor measuring 1.5 on the Richter Scale was reported from the Madolsima area in the Lunugala Divisional Secretariat Division in the Badulla District.

Residents of Egoda Gama, Aluthwatte and Pallewela villages in the Akiriya Grama Niladhari Division felt the tremor around 4.53 a.m. today (12).

The first tremor struck in the area at around 3.30 a.m. on the 22nd last month and there have been five tremors in three weeks.

Senior Professor of Geology at the University of Peradeniya Athula Senaratne said people should not be unduly worried about it, as it was only a very small tremor.

He said that when the geological map of the central highlands is observed, it is clear that there are a large number of fissures (cracks) in the Earth’s interior and there are signs of an earthquake when there is any movement in these fractures.

He added that when a map of the quake-hit areas of Victoria, Walapane and Madolsima in Kandy is drawn, it is clear that there is a similarity between these differences and those tremors.

He said that no other part of the world had experienced a tremor at the time of the quake and therefore it could be concluded that the quake was limited to this area.