Hong Kong experiences mild tremor on first weekend of 2020

A 3.4-magnitude earthquake woke people across the city on Sunday morning

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If you woke up this morning and thought you felt your bed shaking, you weren't imagining things. The Hong Kong Observatory reported an earthquake of magnitude 3.4 occurred at 6.55 am today near the coast of Southeastern China. The epicentre was located about 41 kilometres southwest of the Observatory.

“Initial estimates gave a local intensity of four on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, that is hanging objects swing. Windows, dishes, doors rattle,” the observatory said on their website. 

The scale – which ranges from 1 to 12 – measures the shaking intensity produced by a quake; 1 represents “not felt by persons”, with major damage occurring at the top end of the scale.

The Observatory said more than 1,200 people had reported feeling the tremor, which lasted a few seconds.

The Observatory has been measuring locally-felt tremors since 1905, registering a total of 186. They average around two every year.