Moderate quake shakes Chinese city, no casualty reported

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 11:40

Beijing: A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck Hunchun city in north-east China`s Jilin Province in the early hours on Wednesday.

No casualties or damage was reported so far, local officials said.

The quake hit the city at 4:17 AM local time with its epicentre at a depth of 539 km, the China Earthquake Networks Centre said.

Most people in the city slept through the quake, state-run Xinhua news agency said.

An official from the earthquake bureau in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture said the quake was deep-focused and would not be felt or cause damage.

Huichun is on the only deep-focus earthquake belt on China`s mainland.

Quakes in this region generally have a focus depth of more than 500 km. Only earthquakes occurring at a depth of less than 70 km are considered "shallow", officials said.


First Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 11:40

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