5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern China, Beijing Felt its Effect

Beijing and several other northern China cities were shocked on Sunday after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake and mild tremors hit Tangshan city in Hebei province.

China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said the quake hit Guye district at 6:38 AM Beijing time.

According to the state-run news agency Xinhuanet no causalities have been reported.

The epicenter was tracked at latitude 39.78 degrees north and longitude 118.44 degrees east, with the quake hitting 10 km deep, the CENC said.

The nearby regions, including Beijing, had felt strong tremors.

Two quakes struck the district again at 7:02 AM and 7:26 AM respectively, one of 2.2-magnitude and the other of 2.0-magnitude.

So far no casualties have been reported.

The citizens are stable and the disaster management work is done, the city government said.

The province has implemented an emergency response level III, the second-lowest in China’s four-tier earthquake emergency response system, the Xinhua report said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the area.

The Department of Railway has immediately initiated the emergency plan to stop passenger trains passing through the area and is conducting a thorough inspection of railway equipment and facilities.

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