An earth tremor has been felt in Digana in the Kandy district, and Hakmana areas last morning, the National Geological Survey Mines Bureau said today.
Senior Director, National Geological Survey and Mines Bureau Udaya de Silva told the Daily Mirror that the tremor has been recorded in the Pallekale Seismic Centre while there has been no indication if any major tremor in Hakmana.
Mr. de Silva said the tremor could have been due to a pressure within the limestone layers under the soil in the area, or due to a man-made blast. “The tremor has been felt somewhere close to the Victoria reservoir; therefore it could be even as a result of pressure in the water.” Mr. de Silva said.
“It is certainly not due to any tectonic plate movement, as it would have been felt in Indonesia in if there was a movement in the Indo-Australia plate,” he added.
Mr. de Silva said a team from the National Geological Survey and Mines Bureau are in the area currently to make further investigations.
A tremor was felt in Kandy on August 29, 2020 as well and therefore today's one was the second within five days. (Yohan Perera and Shane Seneviratne)