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Earthquake in Dhaka!

Earthquake in Dhaka!

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.

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.

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  • Earthquake symtom may be found earlier,
    by the activity and sound of Frog, cow & pet animals.
    When earthquake start, before one or two hour the sound of frog will stop. All the pet animal you will found abnormally behavior & restless.
    What we need to do.
    1. Gas sub-station should be off.
    2. Electric sub-station should be swith off.
    3. CNG & Fuel Station should be always alert.
    If we miss, it will be more disaster like a IRAQ or Afganistan.