A 6.8 quake jolts country


Dhaka, August 24: A moderate quake jolted different parts of the country including the capital Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon.

The quake jolted in Dhaka, port city Chittagong and across the country.

The tremor was felt for nearly 30 second at around 4.37pm.

The epicenter of the 6.8 magnitude earthquake was at 25km West of Chauk, Myanmar and 500km from Southeast from Dhaka.

The depth was 84.1 km at the epicenter.

Apart from Dhaka, the tremor was felt in Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Netrakona, Faridpur, Feni, Satkhira and Jessore, report our correspondents.

The tremor was also felt at Kolkata, Assam and many parts of Myanmar.

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan and killing at least one person.The Dhammayangyi temple in Bagan pictured as the earthquake struck

Tremors were felt as far away as Thailand, Bangladesh and India, sending fearful residents into the streets.

At least 66 stupas in Bagan have been damaged, a spokesman from the department of archaeology told the BBC.

A 22-year-old man was killed in the town of Pakokku due to a building collapse.

Videos posted on social media from Bagan show clouds of dust and the tops of some pagodas crumbling as the quake struck.Workers rushed out of their offices in Kolkata, India, after feeling the quake

The ancient capital is a major tourist site, home to thousands of Buddhist monuments.

There are numerous reports of buildings being damaged elsewhere in the country, including the parliament building in Naypyidaw.Bagan's temples were built between the 10th and 14th centuries

Tall buildings shook in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, the Thai capital Bangkok and Kolkata in India, where underground railway services were temporarily suspended.

At least 20 people were injured in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, as they fled a building.