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2.9 Earthquake hits off Galle… - Ceylontoday.lk

2.9 Earthquake hits off Galle… - Ceylontoday.lk: Earth tremors, registering 2.9 on the Richter Scale, were experienced in several areas in the Galle District at about 5.45 last morning.

Deputy Director of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau Dr. C. H. E. R. Siriwardena told Ceylon Today, that tremors were felt in several areas including Galle, Hikkaduwa, Rathgama, Kalegana, Baddegama, Nugadoowa and Boossa.

Dr. Siriwardena said, "The earth tremors had been mostly felt at a distance of 34 kilometers South-east of Galle and one kilometre below sea level. He said the tremor could have been the result of a minor earth shift, adding that there was no cause for fear. Some media websites have reported a series of earthquakes during the past 48 hours some distance away from Indonesia in the Indian Ocean. The nearest earthquake, measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale, had been experienced just beyond the Nicobar Islands, belonging to India. Dr. Siriwardena said that however, there was no connection between the tremors experienced in Galle and the Nicobar earthquake. Both earthquakes had however, occurred simultaneously
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