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.


Ryan Ho Kilpatrick

Ryan Ho Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and scholar from Hong Kong who has reported on the city’s politics, protests, and policing for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, TIME, The Guardian, The Independent, and others