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4.1-magnitude quake jolts northern Chinese city of Tangshan

2010-04-09 11:39:22 GMT2010-04-09 19:39:22 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Graphics shows a 4.1-magnitude earthquake jolted the northern Chinese city of Tangshan in Hebei Province at 6:51 p.m.Beijing time( 1051 GMT)on April 9, 2010, according to the China Earthquake Administration. (Xinhua/Zhang Liyun)

BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- A 4.1-magnitude earthquake jolted the northern Chinese city of Tangshan in Hebei Province late Friday afternoon,the China Earthquake Administration said.

No casualties or property damage was reported.

The quake struck the city's Fengnan District at 6:51 p.m. with a depth of about 13 km. The epicenter is calculated to be 39.5 degrees north and 118.2 east, the China Earthquake Administration said.

A local resident told Xinhua he felt the floor under his feet suddenly began to shake when the quake hit.

The tremor was also felt in parts of the neighboring port city of Tianjin, as many residents rushed out of their homes into the street.

"The sound of the ground shaking was like the rumbling of heavy trucks, which reminded me of the Tangshang earthquake more than 30 years ago," resident Ren Lihua, in her 40s, told Xinhua.

A 7.8-magnitude quake struck Tangshan in 1976, taking more than 240,000 lives.

"The tables and chairs shook violently," said Ren, who was eating dinner with friends at a small restaurant in northeast Tianjin's Ninghe County.

Two quakes, measuring 3.1 and 4.2 on the Richter scale, jolted Tangshan's Luanxian County on March 6 this year, and experts said they were aftershocks from the 1976 quake.

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