Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Korea hit by 2nd biggest ever quake of 5.4-magnitude

Korea hit by 2nd biggest ever quake of 5.4-magnitude

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said a magnitude five-point-four quake hit nine kilometers north of Pohang's northern district in North Gyeongsang Province at around 2:29 p.m. on Wednesday.

This would be the strongest natural disaster in South Korea since the 5.8-magnitude one which occurred near Gyeongju in September 2016. According to state nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, neither of nuclear reactors on the southeastern coast was affected by the quakes.

The tremors were felt in the South Korean capital, Seoul, some 270km from Pohang, Yonhap said.The quake was recorded at a depth of 10km, USGS said, however, noting only one natural disaster in the area with a 5.4 magnitude.

Residents in Seoul, which is more than 300 kilometers away from the epicentre, felt tremors, and said their buildings shook.

Debris from a collapsed wall is scattered in front of a shop after an earthquake in Pohang South Korea
Debris from a collapsed wall is scattered in front of a shop after an earthquake in Pohang South Korea

Before the main tremor, earthquakes of magnitude- 2.2 and 2.6 struck areas near the Pohang city.

No casualties have been reported and it is still unclear whether a tsunami warning will be issued.

South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars, broken windows from some buildings and elementary school students taking shelter on a playground.

The nuclear power plant Singori 3 in Ulsan is believed to remain unaffected by the quake.

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