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Tremors trigger panic in Kolar

Divya Ramamurthi

BANGALORE: Mild tremors, measuring 0.22 g (where g refers to vertical acceleration due to gravity), from Wednesday night caused panic among residents of the Kolar Gold Fields.

Director of the National Institute of Rock Mechanics R.N. Gupta said four tremors were recorded. The first one lasting 32 seconds was reported at 11.50 p.m. It was followed by tremors at 1.45 a.m., 5.50 a.m. and 6.30 a.m. on Thursday. The impact of the tremors was felt even at far-off places such as Malur, Kolar and Bangarpet in Kolar district.

Mr. Gupta noted that recently when the earthquake devastated Jammu and Kashmir and also Pakistan, there were tremors in KGF too. The occurrence of tremors in the gold fields is not a new phenomenon. It has been happening since the mines were opened in the 1880s, according to V.S. Prakash, Director of the Karnataka State National Disaster Monitoring Cell.

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