Powerful quake hits near China-Russia border

Updated: 2010-02-18 12:46
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BEIJING - A magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted border region between China and Russia on Thursday morning, according to China Earthquake Networks Center (CNEC).

The CNEC said that the quake struck at 9:13 a.m. Its epicenter was located at 42.6 degrees north latitude and 130.8 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 540 km.

"I hardly felt any tremors when the earthquake struck," said Jin Jianghu, a local resident in Yanji city in the northeastern province of Jilin.

The province's emergency office told Xinhua it had not received any reports of casualties.

There were also no immediate reports of damages or casualties from the neighboring Heilongjiang Province which also borders Russia.