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Over 50 aftershocks detected after E China quake

2012-07-21 05:32:04 GMT2012-07-21 13:32:04(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Citizens stay outdoors after feeling a quake in Yangzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, July 20, 2012. A 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit Yangzhou City at 8:11 p.m. on Friday, said the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). (Xinhua)

NANJING, July 21 (Xinhua) -- A total of 53 aftershocks have been detected as of 7:30 a.m. Saturday after a 4.9-magnitude earthquake jolted east China's city of Yangzhou Friday night, local officials said.

Most of the aftershocks were of a lower scale, with only four measuring between 3- to 4-magnitude, said Zhang Zhenya, deputy director and spokesman for the Jiangsu provincial earthquake bureau.

Seismic experts predict that a devastating earthquake is unlikely to occur, according to Zhang.

Friday's earthquake hit Yangzhou at 8:11 p.m., according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The quake left one person dead and another slightly injured as of Saturday noon, Zhang said.

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