Sunday, 31 May 2020

Chittagong, Bangladesh: There was a moderate earthquake on the Indo-Burma border yesterday. The epicentre of the tremor was near the India-Myanmar border region, 416 km east off the Dhaka Seismic Centre in Agargaon.

The quake was felt in Bangladesh yesterday afternoon (4:01:52 pm Bangladesh time), said Shahidul Islam, assistant meteorologist at the Met Office in Dhaka.

The quake measured 5.7 on the Richter scale in Bangladesh, he said.

Professor Syed Humayun Akhtar of Dhaka University Earth Observatory Centre said, the epicentre was 345 km east-north-east off the university observatory and it measured 5.6 on the Richter scaled in Manipur in India in the India-Myanmar border region.

People panicked and went out of their homes onto the roads in Chittagong when the earthquake was felt. It shook buildings and lasted for two to three seconds.

The tremor was felt in the Khagrachari district, which is close to Manipur when an earthquake drill was going on at the Khagrachari Government High School and the Khagrachhari municipality with the help of the United Nations Development Programme. The drill was conducted involving fire fighters and the Red Crescent, according to official sources.

The tremor lasted for three or four seconds in Rajshahi according to the Met office.

There were no reports of casualties and damage from any place in the country.