Moderate quake jolts Beijing
Beijing: A 4.3-magnitude earthquake on Monday hit Beijing and neighbouring Hebei Province, causing high-rise buildings to sway and
people to flee into the street in panic.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
"The quake hit Yongqing County, Langfang City in north China's Hebei Province, which borders south of Beijing at 6:31 p.m. local time.," the China Earthquake Networks Center said.
The epicentre was at a depth of about 20-km, it added.
Tremors were felt in the centre of Beijing, some 62-km to the north of the epicentre, state-run Xinhua news agency said.
In downtown districts of Beijing, home for 21.5 million, people ran out of their offices as the buildings shook.
The quake quickly became a trending topic on Chinese social media as people prayed for minimal damage and a peaceful holiday season.
Many are currently heading home for the Chinese New Year, which falls on February 16 this year.
Hebei province is home to the city of Tangshan, which in 1976 was hit by the most devastating earthquake in modern Chinese history.
People in all the high-rise buildings noticed the rattling sounds of the chandeliers and lights attached to the ceilings as buildings shook. Liang Yongjin, a staffer at a hotel in Yongqing, said he felt nothing but some slight shakes when the quake hit.
"Everything is fine in the hotel. The building and the furniture were undamaged. There was no visible panic among the customers," Liang said.
A man surnamed Chen, who lives in a residential area in western Beijing, said, "after I felt quake, I immediately ran out of the building."