Saturday, November 26, 2011

Another tremor rocks Mullaperiyar dam area

Idukki: Just hours after Kerala Water Resources Minister P J Joseph warned that another earthquake could lead to the collapse of the dilapidated Mullaperiyar Dam, a low intensity tremor rocked the dam area and other places in this district early this morning, creating panic among 30 lakh people living downstream.

However, no damage has been reported from anywhere so far, according to sources here.

The tremor occurred between 0314 and 0320 hrs. The tremors were felt at Vandiperiyar, Upputhara, Velliyamattom, Valakode, Chappath and Moolamattom in Idukki district, and other places in Kottayam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts.

Many people were awakened from sleep early in the morning as they felt the shock and heard rumbling noises, the sources added.

This was the 21st tremor in the dam area for the last four months.

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