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5.4 quake in southeast South Korea causes some minor damage

15 November 2017, 11:24 | Israel Caldwell

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes South Korean Coastline

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On November 15, a magnitude 5.4 quake struck the city of Pohang, a southeastern coastal region of South Korea.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Witnesses stated that the natural disaster could be felt in Seoul, more than 300 kilometers away, including at Gwanghwamun.

Check out the "Dispatch" photos below.

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. South Korea's state-run Korea Meteorological Administration measured the quake at the same strength but said the epicenter was inside Pohang.

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

South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars, broken windows from some buildings and elementary school students taking shelter on a playground. No immediate damage was reported in the firm's steel mills. A third aftershock with a 3.6 magnitude was recorded later, the weather agency said.

There are nuclear power plants and industrial facilities in the area.



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