At least eight persons were killed in a dynamite explosion at a railway crusher site in Karnataka’s Hunasodu village in the Shivamogga district on Friday, district collector KB Shivakumar confirmed.
According to news, the explosion and vibration in Shivamogga was resulted in by a box of dynamite exploding at the Railway Crusher Plant near Hunasodu of the district. Over 7 workers from Bihar found dead, and more deaths feared. Nevertheless, the concerned authorities are yet to confirm.
According to police, at least 6 dead after major outbreak of truckload of explosives, suspected to be meant for mining, in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district.
Vibrations were felt across Shimoga, parts of Chickmagalur and Uttara Kannada districts. No clearness yet on what resulted in the accident.
Locals also registered dynamite blast in Abbalagere taluk in Shivamogga.
Shivamogga Rural MLA KB Ashok Naik told six bodies have been found.
Spectators took to Twitter and social media and shared videos when the incident occurred.
Huge sound and vibration reported in Shimoga, Karnataka at 10.20PM which was felt at about a 15-20KM Radius too – From Shimoga to Bhadrawati. People were on roads under panic. Was it an earthquake or something else? #earthquake #shimoga #Shivamogga pic.twitter.com/q1p0kEQlHU
— Nithin gowda (@NithinG36617175) January 21, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and extended his consolations to the victims of the explosion and also ensured that the Karnataka government is doing everything feasible to help the affected people.
Pained by the loss of lives in Shivamogga. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover soon. The State Government is providing all possible assistance to the affected: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 22, 2021
The vibrations caused due to the blast was earlier mistaken to have been inflicted by an earthquake, which led to some locals in nearby areas hurrying out of their homes.
Some geologists were reached, who ruled out recording vibrations in any of their observatories. “There was no earthquake. But an explosion did take place at Hunsur on the outskirts of Shivamogga under the Rural Police station limits,” a police officer told.
In May last year, a loud sound shook Bengaluru which was later verified by the Defence Department to have been inflicted by a test flight.