Rare 5.4-magnitude quake strikes South Korea

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

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

South Korea was hit by a major 5.4 magnitude quake earlier today.

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

South Korea was hit by the country's second biggest ever natural disaster of 5.4- magnitude, with no serious casualty being reported yet, the weather service said Wednesday.

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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.

The quake was felt across South Korea, including in the capital and on the southern island of Jeju, with reports there of buildings shaking and picture frames falling off walls, South Korean news agency Yonhap said. A third aftershock with a 3.6 magnitude was recorded later, the weather agency said.

So far, there have been no reports of casualties or damage to the nuclear power plants south of Pohang, the Korea Times reported, citing local utilities. Moon convened an emergency meeting with his secretaries.

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