Sunday, July 6, 2008

5.1 Quake jolts Rajshahi

An earthquake, measuring 5.1 in the Richter scale and with its epicenter in Indian state of Assam jolted the north-western region last night sending a wave of panic among the people in the areas.Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Natore, Naogaon were the districts where the quake was felt strongest, said witnesses.

The earthquake sparked panic among people in the areas who rushed out of homes and shops on to the streets as it lasted for some 5 to 7 seconds beginning at 10.56pm.

But there were no reports of casualties or damage from the tremor and its epicenter was recorded 290-km to the north-east from Dhaka at Bispur of Assam, said Metrologist Monirul Islam at Dhaka Met office.

(The epicenter was found at 26 degrees 07.45 minutes north latitude and 91 degrees 39.33 minutes east longitude)

Sensing the "imminent" danger many Muslim people started offering prayers and Hindus started making the Ulu Dhoni.

"It was an awful experience and I didn't felt such jolt and banging in my life", said Shamsul Islam, a 65-year old resident of Kumarpara of Rajshahi. He said, the jolt lasted for at least 10 seconds and all the residents of the area were frightened.

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