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 Post Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 3:41 pm 
Dambulla cave cracks harmless, assures GSMB

Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa
DM /06MAY2005

Cracks appearing on the exterior of the historic Dambulla rock caves are due to the heavy rains which followed the recent hot weather, said an official from the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB).

Chunks of granite broke off and fell from the rock caves on Tuesday. GSMB official S.T. Kalubandara who was sent by the Bureau to investigate said the ancient Dambulla rock caves consists of granite layers. He further added that invisible cracks would have appeared earlier and would have sudden rains which followed the high temperature during the day would have caused the granite to crack. The examination of the rock caves was carried out on the request of Dambulla Divisional Secretary R.M.C.M. Herath.

Mr. Kalubandara assured that as only small pieces of granite would fall off the rock and that it would not cause any harm to those living at the foot of the Dambulla rock caves.

He also said that the rock formation was of a mixture of quartz and minerals and that may be one of the reasons for the rock to crack in this manner.

A large crack could be seen on the rock but Mr. Kalubandara said that even if that part dislodges, it would stop half way on the hill without causing any harm.

Meanwhile, last afternoon another explosive noise was heard and a chunk of about 10 feet fell off.

Eyewitnesses said they also saw flow of water from the crack. A crack of about 28 feet could be seen yesterday afternoon. The splinters were about three to four feet in length.

A large number of people are flocking to the watch the happening.

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