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Shanghai residents feel shake

MANY residents in downtown Shanghai and neighboring provinces felt their buildings shake yesterday because of the Japan earthquake.

But the Shanghai Seismological Bureau said the disaster wouldn't have a serious impact on the city, which is more than 2,200 kilometers from the epicenter.

"Since the quake is so strong, some residents, especially those staying in high-rises, felt the quake and called our bureau," said Wang Jianjun, its vice director.

"The power from this earthquake is more than 10 times that of the devastating quake which hit Wenchuan in Sichuan Province in 2008. Wenchuan is some 1,600 kilometers from Shanghai, so more people felt the quake that time."

Wang said the tsunami caused by the earthquake shouldn't influence Shanghai either.

A woman working at CITIC Square in Jing'an District said most of her colleagues kept working, but a few people said they had felt a slight shaking.

Dong Jun, who was on the first floor of a shopping mall in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, said he felt the tremor. "It felt like a Metro train running beneath and I asked others whether there was a Metro station nearby," he said. "I was told later that there was an earthquake."

Shanghai students in Toyko were all said to be safe.

Lin Yuanjie, a 26-year-old Shanghai woman who studies at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, said all the students in her class took shelter under tables when the earthquake hit, but they were soon evacuated to the playground.

"We felt very lucky to be in a school building, which is considered the safest place to be in Japan if there is an earthquake," she said.


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