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Earth tremor in Sri Lanka
[September 3, 2001 - 8:50 GMT]

An earth tremor was experienced in several areas in southern and western Sri Lanka, Sunday morning.

The tremor measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale took place around 8.25 a.m. Sunday and lasted for several seconds.

No damage to life or property has been reported.

Several seismic monitoring centres were able to track the location and magnitude of this earth tremor. US Geological Survey, has identified this having occurred 10 km below the seabed and 725 km South-Southeast offshore from Colombo.

Dr. N. P. Wijeyananda, Director of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) of Sri Lanka said these earth tremors are the result of geological activities on the earth plates that build the earth’s crust.

Sri Lanka is geologically located in the Indian Continental Plate, and the emergence of a new plate margin and relative motions associated with this could contribute to occasional offshore seismic activities.

“We felt four such tremors last year that measured around 7 in the Richter scale. There is a probability of more ‘harmless’ seismic activities in the future.” Dr. Wijeyananda added.

 

 

 

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Last Updated Date: September 3, 2001  - 8.50 GMT.