Sri Lankan officials are advising people on the coast to be vigilant

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Though the threat of a major tidal waves is receding, Sri Lankan officials are advising people on the coast to be vigilant. The Sumatra/Andaman Island area is still active, with the last quake being reported in the early hours of Tuesday, though the magnitude of the waves have fallen to around 5-6 on the Richter scale.

Tuesday’s quake, measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale, took place at 2.10 a.m. this morning, off the Southern tip of Sumatra.

But according to P M Jayathilaka Banda of the Meteorology Department, this latest quake is not likely to cause more tidal waves to batter Sri Lanka.

However, he warned that people should stay alert and away from the coast.

“People should be highly alert, and they should keep away from the sea,” he said.

He also dispelled rumours of high waves reported from the Galle area.

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Though the threat of a major tidal waves is receding, Sri Lankan officials are advising people on the coast to be vigilant.