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4/16/2009

EARTH TREMOR DUE TO NEW PLATE

The earth tremor which was felt in three provinces in Sri Lanka yesterday could be due to a new plate that had formed under the sea just off Sri Lanka. The new plate that was forming was discovered when surveys were made in the seas off Sri Lanka to demarcate the fishing area of the country. No one thought that Sri Lanka would be at risk of earthquakes until the tsunami struck in December 2004. “We have been experiencing tremors frequently and we may have this risk in the future." Yesterday’s tremor, which was felt in many areas in the Southern, Eastern and Uva provinces, registered under 4 on the Richter scale and has been recorded at the Pallekele monitoring station. However it has not been recorded at the California headquarters. Tiles of many houses and a temple had been displaced as a result of the tremor. The windows of one house have come off their hinges. Glass window panes in some houses were reported to have been blown off by the tremor. Meanwhile, a tsunami scare was reported from coastal areas in Polhena, Paramulla, Devinuwara, Gandara and Dikwella. The people in these areas were seen running in panic, leaving their homes after the tremor made the earth tremble.
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