A day after 2 back-to-back tremors, another earthquake in Chikkaballapur

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  • A day after witnessing back-to-back earthquakes, Chikkaballapur taluk reported yet another earthquake at 2.16 pm on Thursday, with a magnitude of 3.6 on the Richter scale.
  • The National Centre for Seismology said the tremors were reported at a depth of 18 km with the epicentre at Settigere. Tremors were also felt in the adjoining villages of Sadenahalli and Beeraganahalli.
  • While the district administration clarified that it was a mild earthquake, the intensity was more than the two tremors (3.1 and 3.3) recorded in the taluk on Wednesday.
  • Caught off guard, hundreds of villagers ran out of their houses and refused to go back inside, fearing that they may collapse.
  • The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) said there was neither any damage nor casualty.
  • “The intensity was moderate and the tremors may have been felt up to a radius of 20 to 30 km from the epicentre. This type of earthquake does not create any harm to the local community, although there may be slight shaking observed locally as the region falls under hard rock granitoid and gneissic terrain of seismic zone II. The community need not panic,” Manoj Rajan, director of KSNDMC, said.

  • Rajan said, “This is hydroseismicity caused due to the monsoon. Some settlements might have taken place. We cannot tell the exact reason. Similar tremors have been reported in Chittoor of Andhra Pradesh as well. A team of scientists will visit Chikkaballapur and we will recommend the National Geophysical Research Institute to take up studies in the region.”

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