5.4-magnitude quake hits S.Korea

Carla Harmon
November 15, 2017

The 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 2:29 pm (0529 GMT) north of Pohang, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said on it website.

A powerful natural disaster struck the South Korean city of Pohang on Wednesday, with local media reporting that resulting tremors were felt hundreds of kilometers away in Seoul.


The residents of Pohang were told to evacuate, the agency said, adding that reports emerged about buildings shaking following the tremor.

Analysts were monitoring "unusual seismic activity" in North Korea, the head of the nuclear test monitoring agency CTBTO said.


South Korean officials are assessing the situation.

The tremors were felt all the way in the South Korean capital Seoul some 170 miles away.


No casualties have been reported and it is still unclear whether a tsunami warning will be issued. The Korea Meteorological Administration said that no injuries or major damages were immediately reported. The Pohang natural disaster is the strongest Korea has experienced since 2016, after the magnitude 5.8 quake in Gyeongju. According to state nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, neither of nuclear reactors on the southeastern coast was affected by the quakes.

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