5.3-magnitude earthquake jolts Myanmar, also shakes northeastern Bangladesh


DHAKA, April 24, 2018 (BSS/Xinhua) – A moderate earthquake in Myanmar’s northwestern Sagaing region measuring 5.3-magnitude, shook parts of Bangladesh’s northeastern Sylhet region.

Sayed Ahmed Chowdhury, chief meteorologist at Bangladesh Meteorological Department’s Sylhet office, told journalists that the earthquake, with its epicenter 441 km to the east of capital Dhaka, struck the Sylhet region at about 10:08 a.m. local time Tuesday, shaking buildings for seconds.

Police and fire officials said there had been no immediate reports of damage.

Bangladesh, which sits on the zone of earthquake, is prone to tremors and experts have predicted a major earthquake in the near future.

The Earthquake Disaster Risk Index of Stanford University ranks Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka among the 20 cities most vulnerable to earthquakes in the world.