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A Magnitude-5.3 Earthquake Centered in China Rattles Hanoi Over the Weekend

A strong earthquake centered in southern China rattled Hanoi this past Saturday morning, frightening many in the city.

According to VnExpress, the magnitude-5.3 earthquake's epicenter was about 10 kilometers deep in China's Yunnan Province. Nonetheless, tremors were felt as far south as Hanoi, several hundred kilometers away.

The rumbling was mainly felt in high-rise buildings. Residents of both the Hanoi Tower and the Times City Apartment Complex reported feeling shaking, while hundreds of construction workers at a 26-floor building on Luong Yen Street fled into the street during the quake.

Fortunately no damage or injuries were reported, even in Lai Chau Province, the region of Vietnam nearest the epicenter.

A smaller earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale had struck the same region the previous day, the news source shares.

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