Quake jolts Dhaka

Staff Correspondent

29 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Sonitpur, Assam of India, which was also felt in Dhaka and other parts of the country on Wednesday.

“The quake occurred in Sonitpur, Assam with epicentre at 26.690 N and 92.360 E, focal depth of 17 km,” according to National Center for Seismology (NCS) of India.

“The epicentre is closer to the plate boundary and located at about 80 km NE of Guwahati; 132 km N of Shillong and 180 km W of Jorhat,” it said.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department said the earthquake was felt at 8:21 am and it was 397 km North-North-East of BMD Seismic Centre Agargaon, Dhaka.

“The preliminary analysis shows that the event is located near Kopili Fault closer to Himalayan Frontal Thrust (HFT). The area is seismically very active falling in the highest Seismic Hazard zone V associated with collisional tectonics where Indian plate subducts beneath the Eurasian Plate,” according to NCS.

The earthquake is felt in entire North East region of India and some parts of Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh.