Twin quakes, about 5.4 magnitude, hit off S. Korea's southeastern coast

15 November, 2017, 12:12 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • (LEAD) Earthquake strikes southeastern Korea

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.

A 5.4 magnitude natural disaster hit the southeastern Korean city of Pohang early Wednesday afternoon.

The Korean peninsula rarely has to worry about significant quakes.

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighboring Japan. The Korea Meteorological Administration said that no injuries or major damages were immediately reported.

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

Emergency centres nationwide were flooded with thousands of calls seeking information, while Kakao Talk - the South's top mobile messenger application - reported service disruption due to heavy traffic.

South Korean officials are assessing the situation.

Wednesday's quake was followed by multiple aftershocks including a 4.3-magnitude tremor that hit about two hours later.

This is the second strongest quake to have ever been recorded in Korea, after a 5.8 magnitude natural disaster hit Gyeongju, south of Pohang, last year.

Tremors were felt across the country but operations at nuclear reactors were not affected, the state-run nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co said in a statement. We'll have the latest on that and more in our later newscast.

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