Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Korea's southeastern coastal city of Pohang

(LEAD) Earthquake strikes southeastern Korea BREAKING: Huge earthquake strikes near North Korea as Ring of Fire shaken again
Sammy Stanley | 15 November, 2017, 12:12

According to a US Geological Survey (USGS) who chart the intensity, it would have been felt in North Korea.

No severe damage has been reported to test venues in the southeastern city where a magnitude 5.4 natural disaster, the second strongest on record, occurred. Witnesses stated that the quake could be felt in Seoul, more than 300 kilometers away, including at Gwanghwamun.

There have been no reports of human casualties so far. There have been no reports of any damage to them yet. The Pohang natural disaster is the strongest Korea has experienced since 2016, after the magnitude 5.8 quake in Gyeongju.

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighboring Japan.

(LEAD) Earthquake strikes southeastern Korea
Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes city of Pohang + 'Dispatch' photos of earthquake aftermath

Around 2:50pm (local time) a third aftershock with a magnitude of 3.6 was detected about 7 kilometers north of Pohang.

The most powerful quake recorded in the south was a 5.8-magnitude tremor that hit the southeastern city of Gyeongju in September a year ago.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In, on his way to Seoul after attending the Asean summit in Manila, is set to hold an emergency meeting upon arrival, his office said.

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.

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