Sri Lankans panic over tsunami warning

2011-04-15 21:09

Colombo - Hundreds of Sri Lankans started evacuating from their homes on Friday in fear of a possible tsunami after a geologist warned that the country may be struck by a region-wide earthquake.

The country's Disaster Management Centre (DMC) appealed to the public to remain calm as there were no tsunami warnings for the country.

"Our early warning systems are in place and people need not panic," DMC spokesperson Pradeep Kodippili said.

Residents from the southern coastal areas of Matara, Western Negombo and north-eastern Trincomalee areas were among the residents seen moving inland with their belongings.

Sri Lanka was hit by a December 26  2004 tsunami that killed more than 40 000 people in the region and left more than one million displaced.