A moderate earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter Scale hit Hunchun City of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in northeast China’s Jilin Province on Saturday morning.

The tremor occurred at 7:34 am (Beijing time), the China Earthquake Networks Centre said.

The epicentre was monitored at 43 degrees north latitude and 131.1 degrees east longitude with a depth of about 560 kilometres, it said.

There has been no report of casualties or damages in the area, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Many earthquakes measuring between six and seven degrees on the Richter scale had hit the region in the past but caused no casualties and damages because the epicentres were very deep, it said.

In a phone interview with Xinhua, a Hunchun resident said no tremor was felt.

The epicentre is about 60 kms away from Hunchun’s county seat and 470 kms away from Changchun, capital city of Jilin, the centre said.

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