“Earthquake of Magnitude: 5.6, Occurred on 02-12-2023, 09:05:31 IST, Lat: 23.15 & Long: 90.89, Depth: 55 Km, Location: Bangladesh, India,” announced the NCS on their official platform.
While the seismic activity rattled the region, the West Bengal Disaster Management Department officials assured that no damage has been reported anywhere in the state.
“We are yet to get the final report. As of now, there is no report of any damage due to the quake,” stated an official from the department, providing a sense of relief to residents as the earthquake strikes Bangladesh.
Both the Kolkata Police and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation confirmed no reports of damage to life or property in the eastern metropolis. The quick response and communication from authorities have played a crucial role in calming concerns among the residents.
Earthquakes are common in the region due to its location in a seismically active zone. However, Bangladesh is not generally known for seismic activity, and it is not located near any major tectonic plate boundaries where earthquakes are more common. However, the region is not entirely free from seismic events, and some earthquakes have been recorded in Bangladesh’s history. These earthquakes are usually of low to moderate magnitude. While the current earthquake did not result in any reported damage, it serves as a reminder of the importance of preparedness and adherence to safety protocols during such natural events. Authorities continue to monitor the situation closely, emphasizing the need for vigilance and readiness in the face of seismic activity.
It’s important to note that while earthquakes in Bangladesh are relatively infrequent, the country is vulnerable to other natural disasters, such as cyclones and flooding, due to its geographical location and topography. Bangladesh has been improving its disaster preparedness and resilience to cope with various natural hazards.