Powerful Tremor Jolts Bangladesh

A powerful earthquake (search) jolted a wide area of Bangladesh on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, news reports and weather officials said.

The magnitude 7.36 tremor struck the southern port city of Chittagong, according to a statement by the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said. Bangladesh (search) lacks equipment to determine the epicenter of the quake.

Media reports said the quake was felt in the central, southern and western parts of the country, including the capital Dhaka.

Big quakes are rare in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 140 million people in South Asia.