Earthquakes in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh earthquakes are moderate, but cause even slight damages to robust houses. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes do not occur very frequently.

11 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Bangladesh by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.

  • May 21, 9:14 am
    Magnitude 4.5: 19 km west-southwest of Falam, Myanmar at a depth of 49.25 km.
  • May 15, 10:17 pm
    Magnitude 4.1: 5 km south-southeast of Morigaon, India at a depth of 10 km.

Earthquakes in Bangladesh since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Bangladesh happened on 02/06/1988 in the region Sylhet; India (Tipura-Assam) with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 45 km resulted in 2 deaths.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
09/10/2010Narayanganj16 km4.80
01/12/2008Rangamati, Bangladesh47 km5.00
11/07/2007Chittagong, Bandarban, Rangamati21 km5.10
07/26/2003Rangamati17 km5.72
06/20/2002Rangpur, Thakurgaon, Almanagar43 km4.50
12/19/2001Dhaka7 km4.50
07/22/1999Maheshkhali Island, Cox's Bazaar11 km4.26
06/12/1989Banaripara9 km5.11
02/06/1988Sylhet; India (Tipura-Assam)45 km5.82

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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