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Many people come out of their offices when a strong earthquake was felt in Dhaka and elsewhere Saturday

Earthquake jolts country, 3 killed, 100 injured

A major earthquake with five aftershocks shook different parts of the country including Dhaka and Chittagong today, leaving three women dead, over 100 others injured, some 18 buildings tilted and developed cracks.    The earthquake took place around 12 hours 11 minutes 27.2 seconds measuring 7.5 magnitudes on the Richter scale in the epicenter at Pokhra in Nepal, Md Mominul Islam, officer-in-charge of Seismic Observatory and Research Centre told BSS.

The impact of the earthquake, five aftershocks measuring on the Richter scale 6.4, 5.0, 5.4, 5.4 and 4.07 magnitudes have also been felt, he also said.  At least two buildings in the capital, Dhaka, tilted in impact as panicky people rushed out of their homes and offices for safe places with the whole country shaking twice in the span of half an hour this afternoon.

The jolt was felt shortly after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.  Massive tremors jolted Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata and other parts of northern India. Tremors were also felt in Ranchi, Jaipur, Guwahati and parts of Uttar Pradesh. At least three women were killed in Pabna, Bogra and Tangail, and over 200 others were injured at different parts of the country.   The Tangail woman has been identified as Parina Begum, 25, wife of one Sukur Uddin of Saidpur village in Mirzapur Upazila.

After she rushed out of her home, she had heart attack.   When rushed to Kumudini Hospital, doctors declared her ‘brought dead’.  Meanwhile, the Pabna victim, Rokeya Khanam Eti, 60, wife of Pabna municipality Awami League president Sohrab Hossain, also ran out of her home to go to the nearby road for safety. She suddenly fell and had cardiac arrest.  When taken to Pabna General Hospital, doctors declared her dead. The magnitude of the earthquake in Bangladesh was around 4, Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, former president of Earthquake Society said.


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