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

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.