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Quake Hits Bangladeshi Island

August 3, 1999

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) _ An earthquake hit an island town early today in Bangladesh, leveling at least 200 mud-and-thatch huts, an official said.

No casualties were reported in Maheskhali, an island of 250,000 people off the coast of Cox’s Bazar.

Bangladesh has no seismological equipment, but the meteorological office in New Delhi said an earthquake of 4 magnitude hit the area, 200 miles south of Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital. This was the second tremor in the past two weeks to hit the region.

Last month, five children and one man were killed when a 4.7 magnitude quake jolted the island. It damaged thousands of mainly mud-and-straw huts. Hundreds of people were injured.

Earthquakes are rare in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 125 million people, which is often hit by cyclones and floods.

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