- Tremors felt in various parts of the city
- There were reports of crack in the wall from Mandya and Kengeri
- Met officials have denied so far
Similar complaints were made from even neighbouring districts Ramnagar, Mandya, Tumakuru, Chamarajnagar too.
But the intensity was so low that it had not been recorded on the Richter scale. The tremors lasted for a few seconds, it is learnt. Officials from Meteorological department too have denied about tremors in Bengaluru.
Yesteryear actor Leelavathi and her son Vinodraj confirmed that they too had felt tremors in Soladevanahalli – on the outskirts of Bengaluru – where they live in their farmhouse. Even actor Rakshitha Prem too has stated that she felt the mild tremor and even heard the rattling of utensils in her home.
The Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre confirmed the tremors but maintained that the impact was so low that it was not recorded by Richter scale, according to a report in The Times of India. However, the centre is on alert and has shared the info with authorities in Ramnagar.
Jagadish, scientist at Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre at Yelahanka told Newsable told that none of the 14 seismic observatories - 10 in major reservoirs - installed in various parts of the state did not measure the intensity. Besides, the nearest observatory stations in Magadi too has not registered any waves as reported in Ramnagar. Channapatna and Kanakapura. He attributed the tremors to either mining in the region or readjustment in the earth's crust. In both cases, the waves could not have travelled to far-off distances, hence there are least chances of Benaluru experiencing earthquake, he added.
Athough Bengaluru is declared seismic-safe city, it has experienced tremors earlier. A light earthquake struck Benagluru and its adjoining areas in January 2001. The tremors were felt at 8.7 am forcing people to run out of their houses. The quake had a magnitude of ML=4.3 causing minor damage to properties in the city. In 2011, there were reports of tremors in various parts of the city after an earthquake jolted Indonesia. Scared, people in Kodigehalli, Yelahanka, Mathikere, Palace Road and RT Nagar rushed out of their homes. But no major damage was reported.
Elsewhere in Karnataka, earliest earthquake has been documented from Bellary in April 1843. Later, in 1971, Kolar Gold Fields had felt tremors. The 2001 earthquake in Bengaluru and some parts of North Karnataka was the third major earthquake with 4.3 magnitude.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:57 PM IST