Turbulent weather in Lanka; quake in Gujarat

The Meteorology Department's Early Warning Centre issued a bad weather advisory last afternoon which was expected to last till later today.

The advisory issued at 4.30 p.m. yesterday referred to showers or thunder showers in the Northern, Eastern, North Central and Uva provinces and the Hambantota district lasting till this morning (Sunday) due to "the influence of low level disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka" as the Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat were shaken yesterday with two earthquakes of 5.0 – followed by an aftershock of 4.4 magnitude -- and 4.1 – followed by an aftershock of 2.9. The tremors were felt in Mumbai and several surrounding districts.

The Indian earthquakes comes in the wake of a series of seismic activity in the region following Wednesday's massive undersea earthquake of 8.7 magnitude off the coast of Sumatra, the tremors of which was felt even in Sri Lanka and triggering a tsunami alert in the region.

The Disaster Management Centre in Colombo said that yesterday's two Indian earthquakes had no impact on Sri Lanka. On Thursday (April 12), two large earthquakes struck Mexico.

The Met Department yesterday also warned the public to take adequate precautions to minimize damage that could be caused by lightning activity.

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