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Earthquake of magnitude 5.1 jolts China; tremors felt in Beijing

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Beijing, July 12: A 5.1-magnitude earthquake on Sunday jolted China's north Hebei province's Tangshan city, according to officials. Strong tremors were felt in the nearby regions including Beijing, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.1 jolts China; tremors felt in Beijing

The epicentre of the quake, which struck Guye district at 6:38 AM local time, was monitored at 39.78 degrees north latitude and 118.44 degrees east longitude, the China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC) said.

The quake struck at a depth of 10 km, the CENC said. A second tremor with 2.2-magnitude hit the district again at 7:02 AM. No casualties have been reported, the report said.

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Firefighters have been dispatched to the district. The railway department immediately launched the emergency plan to suspend passenger trains passing through the area, and is organising a comprehensive inspection of railway equipment and facilities.

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A 7.8-magnitude quake had jolted Tangshan in 1976, killing more than 240,000 people.

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