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4.1 magnitude earthquake shakes HK

14 March 2022

Map shows the quake epicenter (HKO photo)

An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 shook Hong Kong at 2:29 am today.

He Hing Kong Observatory said the epicenter was located 92 kilometers east northeast of Hing Kong, near the cast of Southeastern China.

“The Observatory received over 8000 locally felt reports of minor shaking, the duration of which was a few seconds,” it said in a short bulletin.

“Initial estimate gave a local intensity of IV (four) on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale,” it added.

A tremor of that magnitude would have meant hanging objects would swing while windows, dishes and doors could rattle.

A number of Filipinos in Hong Kong who were still awake or had just gone to bed when the quake happened immediately posted on Facebook about the rare occurrence.

"Hong Kong, did you feel what I felt? It's an earthquake? Strong earthquake, my folding bed shook so strong and my (daughter) Angel shocked," said Bishop Gerry Vallo.

"First time I experienced this in Hong Kong since 1993. We are all safe. Take care of Hong Kong people, oh Lord."

Migrant leader Mayette Cruz Telmo said the same thing: "Earthquake here in Hong Kong at exactly 2:24am. First time in my 17 years here!"

There was no immediate report of any damage.

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