‘Five mild quakes’ rattle Sylhet; BMD calls for vigilance
Published: 05:04 PM, 29 May 2021 Updated: 05:28 PM, 29 May 2021
Bangladesh has reported five earthquakes in a short time in Sylhet – the highest number of tremors felt so far.
Meteorologists and experts warned of a “major earthquake” due to the mild tremors.
There were five earthquakes reported in Sylhet in the first phase from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday.
At that time, panic spread among the people in the city. Experts urged the city dwellers to be vigilant for the next “seven days” as there have been several earthquakes in such a short period of time.
Mominul Islam, a senior meteorologist at the Dhaka Meteorological Department’s seismic observation center, said the tremors had been felt at least five times since morning. Four of them are 4.1, 4, 3 and 2.6 magnitudes. “Some were so mild that the magnitudes could not be measured by the stations,” he added.
The last major tremor was felt at 2 pm. Such frequent tremors caused panic, especially among people living in high-rise buildings in the city.
“The Dauki Fault region next to the Sylhet is very risky,” said Zaheer bin Alam, a professor in the Department of Environment and Civil Engineering at Sylhet Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST).
Meteorologist Mominul Islam said that the way mild earthquakes have been felt repeatedly, large earthquakes may also be felt in the next few days.