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Tuesday, February 07 2023

Vijayapura: ‘Tremors due to heavy rains, no need to panic’

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Vijayapura: Reiterating that the people need not fear from the frequent tremors being experienced in the District, the Geologists have made it clear that the tremors are mild in intensity which are not dangerous.

Informing this at a press conference, Jagdish, the Scientific Officer being sent by the State Government to Vijayapura on Friday August 26, said that according to their primary investigation, the tremors are taking place because of the heavy rains.

Elaborating on the matter, he said that since the last four years, the District has been receiving heavy rains, due to which, the water percolation has been high. Below the earth’s surface the activities are taking place where the layers of rocks are getting readjusted themselves after heavy quantities of water percolate deeper into the earth. He said that since this phenomenon is largely common and has already been recorded in other places such as Bidar and Gulbarga, therefore, people need not to worry.

To a question, he said that the tremors are occurring below the surface of around 5 and 10 kilometers. He informed that in order to collect more information and precision of intensity of tremor, they have set up a temporary seismic centre at Ukali Village.

“We have only one permanent centre at Almatti Dam site which records the tremors of magnitude 3 or more but in order to collect more information of tremors of lower intensity, we have decided to set up a temporary centre at Ukali village. We will collect the information for further studies,” he said.

He however made it clear that since the geological pattern and formation of land is a complex matter to study, the State Government has written letter to three central agencies including Geological Survey of India to conduct further studies of the geological activities of the District following the frequent tremors.

“The agencies will submit the project report to the State Government. The Government will have to take a final call on asking the agencies to conduct detailed surveys and submit report,” he said.

He said that whenever their agency has been called in the past, they have been sending the experts to guide and suggest to the State Government.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner, Vijaymahantesh Danammanavar has also appealed the people not to panic and not to heed the rumours and unsubstantiated information shared by people on social media.

“The District Administration is making every effort to give clear and factual information, therefore people should not believe the information shared on social media by unknown persons,” he said.

ZP Chief Executive Officer Rahul Shinde, Superintendent of Police, Anand Kumar and other officials were present.

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