The mystery of the great unknown noise leaves residents shaken
Bengaluru: A loud “thunder” sound in several parts of Bengaluru on Wednesday afternoon sparked panic among residents, as authorities ruled out the possibility that it was an earthquake.
The sound was heard across town from Kempegowda International Airport off Devanahalli in the north to Kengeri and Electronic City in the south. Many people were concerned that it was a slight shaking as the doors and windows were shaking after the noise.
However, the commissioner of the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority, Manoj Rajan, ruled out the possibility of an earthquake and said it should be investigated. “We have 12 seismic monitoring centers in Karnataka but none have reported seismic activity,” Rajan told PTI.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said no damage was reported anywhere. He said he too learned from the media about the sound heard from the airport to Hebbagodi here. However, there was no call to the police control room regarding damage. “We also asked the Air Force control room to check if it was a jet or a supersonic sound. Bengaluru police are awaiting confirmation from the Air Force,” said Rao in a statement.
The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Center also clarified that the reported activity in the state capital was not due to an earthquake. In a tweet, he said the seismometers did not pick up any vibrations on the ground, as usually happens with a slight tremor. The activity is purely loud and unfamiliar noise, he added.
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