earthquake occurred in the Bay of Bengal off the east coast
of Sri Lanka to the east of Arugam Bay, on
2007 at 09:27 AM
The earthquake had a magnitude of Mb=5.2
and was widely felt in Sri Lanka.
The earthquake was centred 290
kms E of Arugam Bay (North-Eastern Province), Sri Lanka,
332 kms ESE of Batticaloa (North-Eastern Province), Sri Lanka,
373 kms ENE of Hambantota (Southern Province), Sri Lanka,
423 kms SE of Trincomalee (North-Eastern Province), Sri Lanka,
506 kms E of Sri Jayewardenapura (Western Province), Sri Lanka,
695 kms SE of Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu), India,
862 kms SSE of Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India.
Tremors from this earthquake were felt in many parts of Sri Lanka,
including in tall buildings in the commercial capital, Colombo. Elsewhere they were felt
at Battaramulla, Dehiwala, Kandy and Matara. This earthquake was not felt in southern
If you felt this
earthquake please take the time to fill out a
felt report questionnaire. Given
the size of this earthquake the likelihood of damage was negligible
as the epicentre was located nearly 300-kilometres from land. No
tsunami watch or warning was issued for this earthquake given its
Earthquakes are very infrequent in Sri Lanka. However,
historically the effects of distant large earthquakes originating
in adjacent parts of the Indian Ocean have been widely felt. The most
significant earthquake in Sri Lanka occurred in March 1938 and was
strongly felt in much of the island as well as in parts of Tamil
Nadu & Kerala in southern India. The earliest known earthquake in
Sri Lanka is thought to have struck Colombo in 1615.
Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
India Meteorological Department (IMD),
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