Dozens of Hongkongers have said that they felt a 3.8-magnitude earthquake that struck China’s Guangdong province late Thursday night.

The Hong Kong Observatory says it received “over 40” reports from local residents who felt tremors from the earthquake that struck the city of Shanwei at 10:57pm.

Earthquake in Shanwei. Photo: HKFP.

The epicentre of the quake was approximately 110 kilometres south-west of Shantou and about 180 kilometres north-east of Hong Kong.

Local reports of the jolts referred to “minor shaking” that lasted just a few seconds, and were not accompanied by any damage or injuries.

Earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 on the Richter scale typically cause “noticeable shaking of indoor objects and rattling noises” but generally lead to little or no damage, although some objects may fall off shelves or be knocked over.

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Ryan Kilpatrick

Ryan Kilpatrick is a local writer, journalist and editor. Formerly National Online Editor for the That's magazine group in China, his work on the history and politics of the region has earned him the CEFC Award in Modern China Studies and has also appeared in China Economic Review, Asian Studies Review, China Green News, e-International Relations, Shanghaiist and various publications at his alma mater, the University of Hong Kong, where he is currently enrolled in the Master of Journalism programme.