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Area near Beijing struck by 4.3 magnitude earthquake

Sheetal Sukhija - Tuesday 13th February, 2018

BEIJING, China - The Yongqing County in Langfang City of China's Hebei Province was hit by a magnitude 4.3 earthquake on Monday.

The China Earthquake Networks Center said that the quake struck at 6:31 p.m., just south of Beijing.

So far, there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Some people in Beijing said that they felt slight shakes when the quake hit.

One of the people who felt the quake, identified as Liang told reporters, “Everything is fine in the hotel. The building and the furniture were undamaged. There was no visible panic among the customers.”

Meanwhile, people said that tremors were felt in Beijing too.

Another person who felt the quake was quoted as saying, "After I felt some slight shakes, I immediately ran out of the building.”

According to experts, there is very little likelihood of bigger quakes in the region and authorities warned the public to not panic.

Liu Guiping, deputy director of China Earthquake Networks Center said, "The moderate quake was very likely an isolated quake with smaller aftershocks.”

Authorities said that a total of 24 aftershocks had been recorded in the region, with the biggest one measuring 1.8 in magnitude.

However, Guiping said that the earthquake was rather deep and therefore unlikely to cause severe damage.

He added that local authorities in Langfang have sent teams to investigate the quake-related damage.

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