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Earthquake near Tangshan, China, also felt in Beijing

The epicenter of the magnitude 4.7 earthquake was recorded near Tangshan, a city north of Beijing that in 1976 suffered one of the world's worst earthquake disasters.

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BEIJING, China — A minor earthquake shook buildings in Beijing this morning but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The epicenter of the quake was recorded near Tangshan, a city north of the Chinese capital that in 1976 suffered one of the worst earthquake disasters in history.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the magnitude 4.7 quake, which struck at 10:22 a.m. Monday, was 29 miles east of Tangshan, in Hebei province.  

The China Earthquake Network Center put the quake at magnitude 4.8, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.

More than 240,000 people died in the 1976 Tangshan earthquake.

Beijing, which has a population of more than 20 million, is considered a high-risk area for earthquakes.

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