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More quakes could occur, says Professor

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Athula Senaratne, a former senior professor at the Geology Department of the University of Peradeniya, warns that more large earthquakes may occur in the Indo-Australian tectonic plate where Sri Lanka is located.

The professor made this statement while commenting on the magnitude 4.65 earthquake that occurred yesterday (11) at around 1.30 am in the Northeast deep sea at a distance of 310 km off Batticaloa.

He said that in the first 10 hours since the first earthquake was reported, eight earthquakes have occurred in the Indo-Australian tectonic plate as well as in the tectonic plate between Indonesia and Japan and all these tremors exceeded 4 on the Richter scale.

He said that there is no tsunami threat to Sri Lanka due to this earthquake in the deep sea, but if such tremors occur in the sea near the East coast, there may be a tsunami threat.

The professor stated that the Indo-Australian Plate, where Sri Lanka is located, is currently splitting into two plates and due to this, the changes in the Earth’s interior have led to an increase in the number of earthquakes.

Senaratne said that according to these earthquakes occurring according to a certain pattern in the Southern Hemisphere, it can be inferred that many earthquakes may occur in the future; however there is no need to fear that they will harm us. other issues to villagers all over the country and efforts should be made to control its population growth.

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