Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

5.4-magnitude quake hits S.Korea

On November 15, a magnitude 5.4 natural disaster struck the city of Pohang, a southeastern coastal region of South Korea.

It's the strongest quake in South Korea since a 5.8-magnitude occurred near the ancient city of Gyeongju, which is close to Pohang, in September 2016, Korea Meteorological Administration officials said.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties or injuries. They hit some 35km from a nuclear power plant, but no damage is reported.

But seismic activity is closely monitored because a spike in activity is often the first indication that North Korea has carried out a nuclear test.

Images posted on social media showed shattered storefronts, goods tumbled off store shelves, cars smashed by fallen bricks and cracks on the ground.

The quake was sensed across the country, including capital Seoul, some 270 km away from Pohang city, as well as the southern resort island of Jeju.

This would be the strongest quake in South Korea since the 5.8-magnitude one which occurred near Gyeongju in September 2016.

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