Vol. 5 Num 469 Mon. September 19, 2005  
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Tremor jolts country
Ctg experiences 2 aftershocks

A moderate tremor measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted Dhaka, Chittagong, and Sylhet yesterday afternoon, but no casualties were reported.

Followed by aftershocks, it was the 23rd tremor to hit the country this year. Earlier the country's lone seismic observatory in Chittagong had recorded 22 other moderate earthquakes.

It however could not locate the epicentre of yesterday's quake, which sent chills down the spines of the people. The seismic observatory measured the shake to have lasted for 40 seconds, starting from 1:27pm, according to the Met office.

Sources said the tremor had its epicentre within 389-km radius around the seismic observatory in Ambagan of Chittagong.

The same afternoon the Chittagong people felt another tremor measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale. It started at 4:14pm and lasted only seven seconds. The epicentre of the aftershock was in 51-km radius of the observatory, sources said.

The third tremor with a severity of 4.4 on the Richter scale shook the port city for 20 seconds, starting from 6:05pm yesterday. The epicentre of the light-category quake was 186 km off the seismic observatory, sources said.

Of the 23, most of the tremors were of less intensity. The penultimate one took place on March 28, registering 5 points on the Richter scale.

The scientists have long warning that an earthquake of high intensity might hit Bangladesh at any moment.

Our Sylhet correspondent reports: The tremor jolted the Sylhet region for about 40 seconds but there had been no report of damage or casualty from anywhere yet.

The Sylhet Met office failed to provide any information regarding the quake as the seismic observatory has yet to have a seismograph.

AFP reports: The earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale was felt in India's Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya states. Quoting an official with local seismological centre in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, sources said the epicentre was plotted along the border between Manipur and Myanmar. The tremor occurred at 12:56 pm (0726 GMT).