I was lying on my bed talking to a friend on the phone, and I suddenly felt that the bed was shaking. Within 3 seconds, it stopped. My first impression was that a cat got under my bed and it was shaking it, but then I realised that it’s impossible as the bed is way too heavy. (Plus there was no cat, I checked!)
I quickly asked my friends on IRC, and they said they felt it too. So it was an earthquake for real! Quake in Dhaka at 12:51 AM!
I tweeted instantly. Within minutes, tweets poured in from my friends, confirming that it indeed was a quake.
Oh my God, I just felt an earthquake!
— Russell John (@Ekushey) July 26, 2008
At 2:15 AM, BDnews24 reported that the Meteorology office recorded the quake to be of 5.6 magnitude on the Richter scale. An hour later, AFP reported that US Geological Survey pinpointed the epicentre 115 kilometres (70 miles) north of Dhaka in Mymensingh, at a depth of 5.2 kilometres.
No news of significant damages till now, except that a Dhaka University student broke his leg jumping off a floor of his dormitory panicked by the quake. What a dumb prick!
Update: This post was mentioned on Global Voices on July 29th.