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An earthquake with its epicentre in the Indian state of Assam and measuring 5.1 in the Richter scale jolted north-western Bangladesh last night sending a wave of panic among people of that region.

The quake began at 10:56pm and lasted 5-7 seconds. There were no reports of casualties or damage to properties.

The epicentre was 290km northeast of Dhaka near Dispur of Assam, said Meteorologist Monirul Islam at Dhaka Met office.

Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Natore, and Naogaon were the districts where the quake was felt the strongest. People of those areas rushed out of their homes and shops on to streets in panic.

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