Moderate but shallow earthquake shakes millions of people in the greater Dhaka area, Bangladesh

Earthquake overview : At 08:56 local time a moderate earthquake struck only 24 km from Dhaka, Bangladesh. The earthquake was felt by millions of people.
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- The earthquakes epicenter was located about 10 km from the Padma river
- Dhaka is a city with a population of 6,488,623
- The earthquake was shallow and could thus well be felt by millions of people
- Bangladesh Meteorological Department reported that the M 4.6 tremor shook buildings in the capital Dhaka at 8:56 am. No casualties were reported immediately but panic broke out among a lot of Dhaka residents. The earthquake was also felt in Uttara, Mohakhali, Rampura and Mirpur.
- In average we can say that the earthquake had an intensity of IV (light shaking). Most people reported a V or VI MMI, but we know that people are inflating what they felt a little bit because they are not used to feeling earthquake shaking.
- We have seen NO reports of damage or injuries so far GOOGLE+ / FACEBOOK
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Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.6
UTC Time : Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 02:56:10 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 08:56:10 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 15.7 km (9.8 miles)
Geo-location(s) :
24 km (14 miles) WSW of DHAKA, Bangladesh
34 km (21 miles) SW of Tungi (Tongi), Bangladesh
106 km (65 miles) WNW of Comilla, Bangladesh

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Bangladesh Mar 18 02:56 4.7 80 MAP
USGS Bangladesh Mar 18 02:56 4.6 15 MAP
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh - 8:58 am fairly short sudden jolt
  • Dhaka, Banani, Bangladesh - Moderate shaking indicated
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh - 18 March 2012 8:50am Bangladesh time; picture frames on wall and refrigerator moved. We are on the 5th floor of an apartment building
  • Gulshan 1 , Dhaka - One small jolt followed by strong shaking about 15 seconds later
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh - Moderate shaking indicated
  • Dhaka - Strong shaking indicated
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh - There was about five seconds of shaking in the six story 12 unit apartment compound in Baridhara
  • Dhaka - Moderate shaking indicated
  • Bangladesh - Moderate shaking indicated
  • Dhaka - It came in two part, first shake felt strong, second much stronger. We evacuated our office immediately, and are continuing work at the moment. There is no such thing in Dhaka as go home after a serious earthquake!
  • Dhaka - The earthquake was first a small series of vibration at 5-7 Hz that I felt while laying down, slightly growing in intensity until a second later a stronger swaying feeling came at which point I stand up, but it had already ended. (source EMSC)
  • Dhaka - I woke up from sleep and noticed my bed was shaking, the windows were shaking also
  • Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh - Moderate shaking indicated
  • Dhaka, Dhanmondi - I got up from the sleep as my bed was shaking a little bit.
  • Dhaka, Uttara sector 4 rd 3 - New it was an earthquake by the rolling and shaking-- few things moved in apartment--building groaned a bit
  • Dhaka - It wake me up. I was confused. But when I saw water vibrating inside the water filter, I got confirmed.
  • Dhaka - Light shaking indicated
  • Dhaka Faramgate - I feel like someone give me a pull from the under of my chair. When i was working online. I thought my chair broke down some how. but my dad and little bro wake up and tell me that they felt it too, and my dad was fall down from his bed.
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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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