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5.4 magnitude quake jolts country

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  • 22 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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5.4 magnitude quake jolts country

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A mild earthquake, measuring 5.4 magnitudes on the Richter scale, has jolted Dhaka and other parts of the country on Friday.

The tremor was felt in Chattogram, Dhaka and different parts of Bangladesh at around 4:12pm.

The epicentre of the quake was near the border region between India and Myanmar, 18 km NNE of Falam of Myanmar, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The depth was 56.8 km, it said.

It was 352 km East-South-East of BMD Seismic center at Agargaon in Dhaka, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

No damage was reported in Bangladesh so far.

Seismicity in the Himalaya dominantly results from the continental collision of the India and Eurasia plates, which are converging at a relative rate of 40-50 mm/yr, according to USGS.

USGS also mentioned that northward underthrusting of India beneath Eurasia generates numerous earthquakes and consequently makes this area one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth.

The surface expression of the plate boundary is marked by the foothills of the north-south trending Sulaiman Range in the west, the Indo-Burmese Arc in the east and the east-west trending Himalaya Front in the north of India, it said.