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Second tremor in Sri Laka’s deep south in two weeks; experts unconcerned

MAHADIYA HAMZA – economynext.com

ECONOMYNEXT – A tremor that measured 2.8 on the Richter scale recorded at 10.38 am in Lunugamwerehera in the deep south of Sri Lanka is attributed to an earthquake that occurred in Sumatra, Indonesia, at the same time, a top scientist said.

An earthquake in Florous – Sumatra- Indonesia – 10km underground that measured 3.3 on the Richter scale was recorded around the same time as the tremor in Sri Lanka, according to Prof Athula Senaratne, head of the Department of Geology at the University of Peradeniya.

“The two events match and it was that earthquake that was felt in Sri Lanka as well,” he told the privately owned Swarnavahini.

This is the second time in the last two weeks that a tremor was recorded in the area.

W I S Fernando, acting Senior Director (Geology) of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau told EconomyNext that this is not a matter of concern and that plate movements take place regularly.

However he said the bureau is continuing its investigation.

According to Volcano Discovery, a website that tracks earthquakes around the world, at least 15 earthquakes have been recorded in and around the Indonesia and the islands surrounding it. (Colombo/Sep07/2021)

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