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South-East & East-Central Sri Lanka, 2009


15 April 2009


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03:45 UTC (08:45 IST)


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A light 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.

If you felt this earthquake, we would really appreciate it if you filled a felt report

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, 2004 Sumatra-Andaman, 2005 Nias-Simuelue Island and 2005 Teresa Island earthquakes, were also felt on the island.

01) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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