Tremor jolts Bangladesh



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.

PTI