* Mystery crack on the ground at Kuchchuveli
None would have known  if not for two boys


by Shamindra Ferdinando

Chief of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) Dr. N. P. Wijayananda says that had it not been for two boys from a tsunami village, the country wouldn’t have even heard about the recent earth cracks in Kuchchuveli. One of the boys had stepped on a crack, from which an unidentified sticky substance oozed, Dr. Wijayananda said.

Dr. Vijayananda said that it was a normal happening and there was absolutely nothing to worry about. Responding to a query by The Island, Dr. Wijayananda said that once a team dispatched to investigate the ‘cracks’ returned, a report would be submitted to the government. He dismissed the perception that this could be sign of an earthquake.

Senior Geologist Dr. Starin Fernando, a member of the GSMB team, which investigated the Kuchchuveli phenomenon said that a similar ‘ground condition’ had been observed at Madampe in the Chilaw area some time back, though nothing oozed out of the ground like at Kuchchuveli.

Responding to a query, Dr. Fernando asserted that oozing of a clay, sand and water out of the ground couldn’t have been caused by recent heavy rains, though rains could have created the conditions for the still

unexplained phenomenon. Dr. Fernando’s team included scientist Mahinda Seneviratne, Wasantha Wimalaratne of GSMB Trincomalee office and Technical Officer M. Padmasiri.

Dr. Fernando said that the substance hadn’t solidified even after 48 hours earlier.

Expert teams from the Moratuwa and Peradeniya Universities and the Board, too, conducted studies.

Dr. Fernando said that more tests would have to be conducted and the area monitored for some time in addition to their ongoing inquiry.

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