A mild earthquake shook the Xinfengjiang Reservoir area in Heyuan early Thursday, sending tremors across Guangdong and Hong Kong.
There were no reports Thursday of casualties or serious property damage from the 4.8-magnitude quake centered in the eastern Guangdong city. The provincial earthquake bureau said no major aftershocks were expected.
The quake’s epicenter was 142 kilometers from Shenzhen. Tremors could be felt in nearly every part of Shenzhen, according to the city’s emergency office. Most residents likely were asleep, though, when the quake struck at 2:34 a.m.
A resident in Xixiang, Bao’an District, reported slight shocks lasting four seconds.
“I thought I just felt dizzy. But then I saw the door shaking,” the resident wrote on the social networking Web site Tianya.
Residents of Longgang, Bao’an and Futian districts also reported shocks. A resident in Songgang Subdistrict of Bao’an posted: “There was a quake. Rats are running!”
Although the quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 13 kilometers, the Heyuan reservoir was not damaged, according to the Heyuan government. About 30 minor aftershocks happened within two hours of the quake.
The quake was the strongest at Heyuan in the past decade.
The Xinfengjiang Reservoir area has seen dozens of quakes of magnitudes from 4 to 6 since 1959.
(By Helen Deng)