Crack on earth’s surface near Manipal, a sign of Earthquake? Geologists inspect the area

Crack on earth’s surface near Manipal, a sign of Earthquake? Geologists inspect the area

June 20: Cracks on earth’s surface was noticed by the local residents at Manchikere in 80th Badagabettu Gram Panchayat on Alevoor-Manipal Road. Even though the fissure was first noticed in 2014, width of the gap has been increasing over the years, said a local resident. Along with this, even the walls of the house and open well too had developed cracks.
A team of officials, led by Senior Scientist Ranji Naik, visited the spot and also visited the houses of Ramesh Nayak and Lokesh Devadiga. The walls of Ramesh Nayak and compound of Lokesh Devadiga have developed cracks.
Senior Scientist Ranji Naik urged the residents not to worry about the cracks as there is laterite stone on the first layer of the earth and also ‘Jedi Mannu’ (type of sand available in rural areas being hard and sticky when rolled into a ball) underneath it. The groundwater had depleted and temperature beneath the earth had increased during summer. When the rainwater percolated following rain, the “Jedi Mannu” would have been washed away in the water, resulting in the widening of the chasm.
He assured that it is not an earthquake and such increase in the gap on the surface of the earth is common during monsoon. A team of experts, including from Groundwater Authority, had visited the spot and will submit a report to deputy commissioner. The reports submitted in the past will also be attached to the present report.

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