Manipal, Dec 20, 2014: Uncertainty has gripped the people in Manchikere village in 80-Badagabettu, which has made them to live under constant threat, following the repeated movements in the seismic zone beneath the earth layer in the past few months. A fracture on the surface of the earth at Manchikere witnessed on Friday morning has left the localities spellbound over the probable future repercussions.
The crack is around 24 meters in the north east and 15 meters in the north south. Besides the fracture has affected the well nearby and deep crack is found piercing the walls of the wells. The crack is found in front of the house of Jagadish, who works in a laundry.
He said that the sound of vibration of earth was similar to the noise of an earth mover in work. The incident occurred within a fraction of second. Though he is living in this house from past ten years, first time he has undergone such experience. The compound wall of Ramesh Nayak is also damaged.
Tahsildar Guruprasad who visited the spot has directed 4-5 houses in the area to shift for safer location. Mines and Geology Department Senior Geologist Niranjan said that the stretch extending from Malpe to Augumbe is a weak zone and seismic activities are commonly reported in the area. The minor vibrations go unnoticed. The activities starts once rainy season begins, he said.
He said there is a need for seismometers and tilt meters to measure the seismic activities. The facility is available in Gouribidanur. There is a need for such facilities in coastal stretch. When the incident occurred for the first time some six months ago, a report was sent to the district administration.
However, there was no response. Another report will be sent immediately.
“It is dangerous in the future to permit huge structures. People should go for earthquake friendly constructions in future. Although, there is no danger in near future, serious developments cannot be completely ruled out,” he added.
80-Badagabettu GP Vice President Vittal Ameen said that the government had de-notified 1400 housing sites and had given the title deeds. Some 300 to 400 houses are already constructed.
In the process, the forest department officials have started to claim that the land belongs to them. Hence, the panchayath is unable to start any development works in the area. Added to the woes, is this new phenomenon of earth cracks in the area. He urged the government to help people.