An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck eastern China, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), resulting in injuries to at least 10 people and the collapse of dozens of buildings. Videos shared on social media platforms showed trembling lights and people evacuating their homes amidst scattered debris.
The USGS reported that the earthquake’s epicenter was 26 kilometers south of the city of Detchu in Shandong province, with a depth of 10 kilometers. The quake occurred at 2:33 a.m. local time (18:33 GMT) on Saturday. Residents from nearby Hebei province described the tremor as extremely strong.
Chinese authorities in Shandong reported at least “10 injured” and the collapse of 74 houses and buildings due to the earthquake, which was followed by 52 aftershocks. The earthquake was felt in distant cities such as Beijing, Tianjin, and Shanghai, approximately 800 kilometers away from the epicenter.
A social media user commented on Weibo, saying, “I can only say it was terrifying.” While earthquakes are common in China, it is relatively rare for the eastern part of the country, where most of the population and major cities are concentrated, to be affected.
Officials from the Shandong Earthquake Monitoring Office stated that the possibility of a larger earthquake occurring is “extremely small,” according to local media reports.
Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and providing assistance to the affected areas. The extent of the damage and the number of casualties are still being assessed as rescue and relief efforts are underway. Further updates on the earthquake’s impact and response are expected in the coming hours.
The Chinese government and local authorities are urging residents in the region to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions in case of any further seismic activity. Emergency response teams have been mobilized to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the earthquake.