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The continuous spell of mild tremors in upland mandals sparked fear among the people who are shifting to safe places in search of a peaceful life. This migration has been happening for quite a while, despite the best efforts of district administration to dispel fears.

Nellore: The continuous spell of mild tremors in upland mandals sparked fear among the people who are shifting to safe places in search of a peaceful life. This migration has been happening for quite a while, despite the best efforts of district administration to dispel fears.

Scientists of National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) said that a tectonic fault at Chakalakonda village in Vinjamur mandal was the reason for these tremors. Consequently, Vinjamur, Duttalur, Udayagiri, Varikuntapadu in Nellore district and Pamur in Prakasam district were experiencing recurrent shocks since October 2015.

  • Incessant mild tremors from past seven months prompted people to migrate to safe areas
  • Tectonic fault located in Chakalakonda in Vinjamur mandal is said to be reason for these shocks

Till now the region experienced around 40 mild quakes. Initial observations revealed that areas close to Chakalakonda were most affected as the fault located at a depth of 4 to 5 km.The intensity of the quakes has been increasing gradually. Tremors at Vinjamur on October 17, 2015 were 2.7 on Richter scale, while the recent tremor on May 28 clocked 3.4.

With the incessant aftershocks, people from Vinjamur, Udayagiri, Duttalur and Varikuntapadu mandals are shifting to tremor-free areas in Nellore and Prakasam districts.“People in villages near Chakalakonda are living in fear.

Even though the administration and scientists are saying there would be no danger with these mild tremors, people are terrified with materials vibrating every now and then,” said A Venkateswara Rao from Vinjamur.

Echoing the same Sujatha, a homemaker from Udayagiri town, said that the odd sounds and vibrations that were strange to these areas have left the people petrified.

“They are relocating to quake-free areas. The information being provided by the revenue staff and scientists is falling on deaf ears and the migration wouldn’t stop until the tremors ease,” she added.

By:P V Prasad

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