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Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits eastern China, at least 10 injured

BEIJING — A shallow magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck eastern China today, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, injuring at least 10 people and causing the collapse of dozens of buildings.

Area residents posted videos on social media showing shaking light fixtures, trembling ground and people evacuating their buildings, including one clip of people walking past bricks scattered on the ground.

The quake, which struck at 2.33am, hit 26 kilometres south of the city of Dezhou in Shandong province, at a depth of 10 kilometres, USGS said.

“The tremor was so strong… during the earthquake my head was shaking on the pillow, I thought I was having a nightmare,” one person posted on social media platform Weibo from Shandong’s neighbouring Hebei province.

Citing Shandong authorities, state broadcaster CCTV said there were at least “10 injured” and 74 houses or buildings had “collapsed” from the earthquake, which was followed by 52 aftershocks.

The quake was felt as far away as the cities of Beijing and Tianjin as well as in Shanghai, about 800 kilometres from the epicentre.

“I can’t say anything except that it’s scary,” another Weibo user said.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in China but it is particularly rare for them to hit the eastern part of the country where most of the population and big cities are located.

An official from the Shandong Seismological Bureau said the possibility of a larger earthquake is “very small”, according to local media. — AFP

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