Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

South Korea rattled by rare 5.4-magnitude quake

South Korea rattled by rare 5.4-magnitude quake

An natural disaster measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted South Korea on Wednesday.

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

So far, there have been no reports of fatal casualties with 7 minor injury cases as of 4:32 PM KST, but it seems the quake did take a toll on building exteriors, vehicles, and in some cases, indoors. Last year, a magnitude 5.8 quake struck the historic city of Gyeongju and damaged many cultural assets there.

Residents in Seoul, which is more than 300 kilometers away from the epicentre, felt tremors, and said their buildings shook.


The South Korean port city of Pohang is home to the headquarters of Posco - the country's top, and the world's fourth largest, steelmaker.

The quakes were felt in the South Korean capital, Seoul, some 270km from Pohang, Yonhap said, citing the Korea Meteorological Administration. According to state nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, neither of nuclear reactors on the southeastern coast was affected by the quakes.

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

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