Friday, 4 February 2011

Strong earthquake shakes Asia also BD: 4 Feb

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted the country on Friday night, panicking many people in the capital as well.

The Met office in Dhaka said the tremor was felt in different parts of the country at 7:58pm.

Meteorologist Sadequl Alam told banglanews that they confirmed the magnitude as 6.4 after analyzing the seismic data and records received from all the four seismological centers in Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong and Rangpur.

Similar reports also poured into banglanews newsroom from Gaibandha, Bandarban, Rajshahi, Gazipur, Feni, Bhola and Rangpur. There were no reports of damage or casualty as yet.

According to US Geological Survey, an earthquake “measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale” originated in the India-Myanmar border region. The epicentre of the quake was 455 kilometres off Dhaka.

News agency AFP said the epicentre of the quake was 85 km off Imphal, the capital of northeastern Indian state of Monipur.

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