earthquake was widely felt in eastern, southern and central
parts of Sri Lanka on 15
April 2009 at
08:45 AM local time.
The magnitude and epicentral location of this earthquake is
unknown due to the lack of a seismic network in Sri Lanka.
However, the event was recorded at the Pallekele (PALK) broadband
station near Kandy.
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Tremors were felt for
several seconds in parts of the Eastern, Southern and Uva
provinces in Sri Lanka at 08:45 AM local time on 15 April 2009. At
Kataragama tiles were dislodged from many houses including a temple
and at one location, the window of a house was shaken off its
hinges. At Batticaloa window panes were cracked. People ran
outdoors at Devinuwara, Dikwella, Gandara, Paramulla and Polhena.
Tremors were also felt at Ampara, Badulla, Elpitiya, Galle,
Hambantotta, Kandy, Lunugamvehera, Matara, Moneragala, Nuwara
Eliya, Panama, Pottuvil, Tissamaharama and Weerawila.
Earthquakes felt in Sri Lanka, such as those felt on
19 December 2004 and
18 July 2007, are not uncommon but they are very infrequent. The earliest known
earthquake in the region is thought to have struck Colombo in 1615.
The most significant
earthquake in or near the region 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.
Another moderate Mb=5.2 tremor in 1993, also centred in the
Gulf of Mannar, was felt in western Sri Lanka. Tremors from distant large earthquakes in the
north Indian ocean (1944, 2000, 2001) as well as the 1881 Car Nicobar, 1941 Middle Andaman,
2005 Nias-Simuelue Island and
2005 Teresa Island earthquakes, were
also felt on the island.
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