5.5 magnitude quake hits off South Korea's coast

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

The Pohang natural disaster is the second most powerful tremor to occur in South Korea following a magnitude five-point-eight quake that struck in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, on September 12th a year ago.

Nuclear reactors located on South Korea's southeastern coast were not affected by a series of strong earthquakes that hit the nearby city of Pohang on Wednesday, the state nuclear operator said. People say the tremor was strong enough to have parts of buildings crack or fall off, and could even be felt by residents in the capital Seoul, which is more than 300 kilometers away.

The Korea Meteorological Administration reported a second tremor, with a magnitude of 5.4, about nine kilometers from Pohang.

The KMA also reported other earthquakes in short succession in Pohang afterwards.

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

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighboring Japan. There have been no reports of any damage to them yet. A third aftershock with a 3.6 magnitude was recorded later, the weather agency said.

A rare natural disaster of magnitude 5.4 rattled South Korea on Wednesday, its second most powerful quake on record, shaking buildings but causing no major damage or injuries.

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