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Moderate quake jolts B'desh, no casualties

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Bangladesh's southeast, but no causalities were immediately reported, weather department said.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 12:54 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday jolted Bangladesh's southeast, but no causalities or damage were immediately reported, the Meteorological Department said.

The quake hit southeastern port city of Chittagong and its neighbouring districts at around 7 am, the department said in a statement.

Officials could not provide information on the quake's epicentre, as the impoverished country lacks the necessary equipment.

The quake lasted more than a minute in Chittagong city, 216 kilometres southeast of national capital, Dhaka, the weather office said.

Large quakes are rare in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 140 million people.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 12:54 IST