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5.3-magnitude earthquake rattles northeastern China

BEIJING, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Songyuan in northeastern China Friday, but China's state-run media reported no serious injuries or deaths initially.

China Earthquake Networks Center said the epicenter, about 5 miles deep, was near the Qian Gorlos Mongol Autonomous County-Qian'an County border, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

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"The earthquake lasted for about 3 seconds," Li Wei, who lives in Yingtu, told Xinhua. "I felt it was more severe than the last time, and my house was partly damaged."

The area was hit by two quakes of similar magnitude Oct. 31. A dozen people were injured.

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