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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 7.08 GMT

Earth cracks in Trinco:
No signs of immediate danger - DMC


The cracks in the earth appeared yesterday and this morning in the coastal area of Trincomalee have no signs of immediate danger and the public has no cause for panic, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.

Several meters long earth cracks have appeared in the vicinity of the Thalpayar lagoon in Kuchchaveli, Trincomalee, local media reported.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and the public have been advised to stay away from the cracked area. Officials from the Disaster Management Center have started investigations into the cracks.

Experts from Geological Survey and Mines Bureau and the National Building Research Institute (NBRI) have also visited the area to assist in the scientific investigations.

According to DMC, field officers are conducting relevant experiments to determine the reason for these cracks, although it is suspected be normal due to the layer of clay in the ground.

Security Forces and Trincomalee District Secretariat are closely monitoring the situation. Authorities say no damages have been occurred due to the cracks.

Meanwhile, the NBRI said a programme in collaboration with the Surveys Department is underway to prepare a map to indicate landslides prone areas in 10 districts of the country.

The programme is expected to assist to implement disaster management measures.

The area also experienced heavy showers during the last few weeks.
There is no high pressure or heat along the line of cracks, the DMC sources said.








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