GSMB probes island-wide tremor

The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) is investigating the cause of the earth tremor felt on the island last night, the second within the space of a week.

The GSMB said that tremor felt in almost the entire island on Saturday had registered between 3-3.5 on the Richter scale.

GSMB chairman Dr. N.P Wijeyananda told the Colombo Gazette that the tremor was registered only in Sri Lanka and not neighboring India.

“The tremor was registered in all three seismology stations in the country. We are now trying to identify the epic center of the latest tremor,” Dr. Wijeyananda said.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) said that the tremor was felt in Colombo and as far as Jaffna and Nuwera Eliya.

“We got several calls from the public on Saturday saying they felt a slight earth tremor. It was felt in almost the entire island. We told them not to panic,” DMC spokesman Sarath Lal Kumara said.

He said this was the second mild tremor to have been felt in Sri Lanka within the space of just one week.

The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau has begun gathering data on the two earth tremors as it is an unusual occurrence in Sri Lanka.

“We don’t usually feel earth tremors like this especially within the space on one week. So we are gathering all the data to study this carefully,” Dr. N.P Wijeyananda said.

He said that the epic center of the first tremor was identified as being from the central part of the country and officials were now trying to identify the epic center of the second tremor. (Colombo Gazette)