Hong Kong feels another quake from Guangdong's shaky city, Heyuan

Hong Kong feels another quake from Guangdong's shaky city, Heyuan

Thousands of Hongkongers on Friday called the Hong Kong Observatory after a magnitude 4.8 earthquake 180 kilometres away was felt in the city. Anxious residents reported by phone and online that they felt buildings shaking, objects swinging and chairs moving for a few seconds.

Saturday, 23 February, 2013, 5:12am 1 comment

Hong Kong rattled by quake in Guangdong

Earthquake wave monitors at the Hong Kong Observatory. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong felt tremors on Friday after a minor earthquake occurred in the mainland.

The Hong Kong Observatory said the 4.8-magnitude quake’s epicentre was in the Guangdong city of Heyuan, about 190 kilometres from Hong Kong.

23 Feb 2013 - 12:21am 3 comments

To avoid a future crisis, Hong Kong needs to come up with a water plan

Hong Kong has survived many uncertainties and crises in the 15 years since the handover. However, we are still failing to plan ahead of time and think in a broader perspective. Water is a key issue that has been neglected for some time.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Tremors felt in city after quake on mainland

The Hong Kong Observatory received more than 60 reports of tremors in the city yesterday following an earthquake on the mainland.

The epicentre of the 4.8-magnitude quake, which struck at 2.34am, was 35 kilometres northwest of Heyuan, in northern Guangdong, about 190 kilometres from Hong Kong.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Corrupt official dodged jail after bribes paid

A convicted former vice-mayor in Guangdong avoided spending time behind bars for almost two years after being given a 10-year jail sentence for bribery, mainland media reported yesterday.

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

41 ferried home to HK hospitals after tour bus crashes in Guangdong

A Hong Kong tour group returned home yesterday for medical treatment after their coach ran into the back of a truck on a highway in northeastern Guangdong province.

All 41 tour members and two mainland drivers were injured, and a mainland tour guide was killed.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Poor city to be linked to high-speed railway

Guangdong's high-speed railway ambitions have extended to one of the province's poorest cities, Heyuan, despite doubts whether the project will be financially viable.

Guangzhou Daily reported yesterday that Heyuan party chief Chen Jianhua had announced that a high-speed railway line connecting the city to Guangzhou and Shenzhen would be complete by 2015 or 2016.

10 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Water to drink - but at a price

He Jian, 12, would like to have a chance to play computer games. But she knows she won't get it - even if she had access to a computer. She's too busy taking care of her 10-year-old brother and four-year-old sister.

24 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Lawyers seek retrial

More than 500 Shenzhen lawyers signed an open letter calling for a retrial of human rights lawyer Liu Yao's case, his lawyer and local media said.

5 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

The curse of 'white gold'

Hongkongers never have to think about water. It is always available and restrictions are few. But to the people of Heyuan, in northeast Guangdong province, the abundant water in Evergreen (Wanlu) Lake is a treasure - their white gold, they call it - and they are determined to protect it.

27 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Farm protest lawyer's appeal postponed

Court authorities in Heyuan , Guangdong, have again postponed the appeal hearing of a Shenzhen lawyer jailed for inciting village protests when helping farmers in a legal battle over land disputes.

16 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Lawyers force public hearing

Court authorities in Heyuan, Guangdong, have bowed to pressure from dozens of lawyers and will hold a public appeal hearing for a Shenzhen lawyer jailed for helping farmers in a legal battle with a developer.

8 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Lawyer in Shenzhen jailed for four years

Liu Yao imprisoned for inciting protest

A Shenzhen lawyer has been jailed for four years by a court in Heyuan , Guangdong province, for inciting a village protest against a Shenzhen developer over land disputes, which led to huge losses for the developer, mainland media has reported.

30 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Mountain regions in race against pollution disaster

Like all senior officials from Guangdong's underdeveloped mountain areas, Qingyuan Mayor Chen Jiaji has long been troubled by the conflict between rapid economic growth and environmental protection.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

So near, and yet so far from Guangdong's boom

Lai Rihong , a motorcycle-taxi driver in one of the poorest parts of Guangdong, describes his lot as 'possibly the worst life in the world'.

Each day Mr Lai, 46, picks up passengers on the roads between the towns of Dengta and Banjiang in Heyuan , one of the least developed areas in the province.

16 Jan 2008 - 12:00am