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Cracks appear on Elephant rock

21 March 2016 08:49 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The famous Elephant Rock, or Ethagala, Kurunegala Town, has developed cracks at two locations. Each crack is said to be about 50 feet in length.

City vendors said they had heard a sound like an explosion from the rock. The rock had not developed cracks in the past despite intense heat.

National Building Research Organisation, Director, R.M.S. Bandara said the searing heat in the area might have caused the large cracks -- which were about two feet deep. He said some small pieces of stone had been found on the rock some years ago.

The pieces of stone were taken by him for further testing.(Pushpakumara Jayaratne)

  Comments - 6

  • onlooker Monday, 21 March 2016 12:19 PM

    The lies generated by yahapalana preachers may also be contributing.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 22 March 2016 01:02 PM

    No wonder with all these stone splitting lies (Gal Palena Boru) uttered by the ex-president and current MP for Kurunegala.

    iDIOT Monday, 21 March 2016 06:47 PM

    It is actually lies of MaRa that contributed to cracks in the rock..

    Coconut Republic Monday, 21 March 2016 08:53 PM

    Oh dear, another crack in the making! Sira. ..Rani cracking, SLIP crack, N and E crack , just name it....

    ME Monday, 21 March 2016 09:26 PM

    It is the cruse befallen on the MPs from Kurunegala for lies, theft and murder in the last 10 yrs.

    Vernon Monday, 21 March 2016 09:48 AM

    Rocks do not remain unchanged over years of time. Any one with an idea of geology would know that rocks undergo a complete process of forming through volcanoes, metamorphism, sedimentary rock and then they undergo weathering, which happens over millions of years time. So with elephant rock or any other rock this process will go on, due to heat, rain, vegetation etc.

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