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Tremor jolts Bangladesh

Last Updated: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 22:05

Dhaka: An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the
Richter scale on Friday shook most parts of Bangladesh.

The epicentre of the quake was located 455 kilometres
north-east of the capital on the Myanmar-India border.

No casualty or damage were reported immediately but the
tremor that occurred around 8pm forced residents to come out
of their homes.

Bangladesh met office in a statement described it a
"strong" tremor that lasted for 47.61 minutes while the United
States Geological Survey website said the epicentre was
located 88.8 km beneath the surface.

Five fault-lines run through Bangladesh while disaster
management minister Abdur Razzak recently quoting an expert
study said an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude might kill nearly
100,000 people pulling down some 70,000 vulnerable buildings
in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka alone.

Bangladesh has been rattled by series of mild to moderate
tremors over the past months.


First Published: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 22:05

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