Earthquake
While the reason for the tremors is yet to be ascertained, there was panic among people in parts of Adilabad and Nirmal districts.
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Mild tremors were felt in Adilabad and Nirmal districts of Telangana and parts of neighbouring Maharashtra late on Friday night.

The earth shook for couple of seconds, sending panic among people in parts of Adilabad and Nirmal districts. People ran out of their houses after they felt the tremors. The intensity of the tremors and other details were not immediately known.

People in parts of Maharashtra adjoining Adilabad district also felt the tremors. People in some areas in Nanded and Yavatmal districts experienced the tremors. 

While the reason for the tremors is yet to be ascertained, experts have begun studying the seismic activity to establish what may have caused the incident.

Meanwhile, authorities advised locals to take certain precautions.

"Some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize movements to a few steps so that one can reach a nearby safe place and stay indoors until the shaking stops," disaster management authorities were quoted as saying.

In January this year, panic was triggered among the residents of Piduguralla in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district, as four mild tremors were reported in a span of 30 minutes.

Tremors have also been experienced in Hyderabad as in 2017, Borabanda had experienced as many as 16 micro-tremors in a span of 13 hours.

A month later, locals reported tremors in Jubilee Hills, KBR Park, parts of Banjara Hills, Rahmat Nagar and Borabandam.

However, at the time, scientists at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) said that there was nothing to worry about as these were ultra-micro tremors caused by an increase in groundwater. The magnitude was 0.5 on the Richter scale.

Seismologists had attributed these to hydroseismicity, a condition when rainfall variation can trigger earthquakes. The city received copious rain during the monsoon and this led a rise in the groundwater level.