Bhubaneswar: Tremors measuring 3.2 and 2.8 on the Richter scale were felt in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district on Saturday morning, the meteorological department said here. The first tremors, which lasted for two-three seconds were experienced at 8.18 a.m. and again at 11.21 a.m., said Sarat Chandra Sahu, director of the Regional Meteorological Centre here. Since it was a very low magnitude earthquake it only affected Dhenkanal and its surrounding areas, the official added. Though no casualties or damage were reported, the temblors created panic among residents who left their houses and came out in the open. (IANS)
DHENKANAL: Tremors in Dhenkanal on Saturday morning caused panic among the people who rushed out of buildings in both rural and urban areas.
Rekha Sahoo, a headmaster of a school in Paikadahikore village near Govindpur, 10 kms away from the district headquarters town, said students and teachers ran outside the school when the first tremor was felt. “We did not go in for one hour apprehending more tremors,” she said.
People in residential areas of the town rushed out of their houses. “We clearly felt the tremor. We were terrified and came out into the open,” said Pravash Mohapatra, a local. No damage has been reported so far.
The low intensity earthquakes were recorded around 8.18 am and 11.21 am and lasted for a few seconds.