South Korea rattled by rare 5.4-magnitude quake

South Korean students take shelter after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck in the southeastern city of Daegu

South Korean students take shelter after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck in the southeastern city of Daegu

On November 15, a magnitude 5.4 natural disaster struck the city of Pohang, a southeastern coastal region of South Korea. While no casualties have been reported yet, seven people have been lightly wounded, with over 40 people rescued.

Residents in the capital Seoul, more than 300 kilometres (186 miles) away, say they've felt tremors and are reporting their buildings have been shaken.

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

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Local nuclear reactors were operating without disruption, Yonhap news agency said, citing officials at Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power.

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.

No injuries or major damage has been reported, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

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 Korea has relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighbouring Japan. Six aftershocks followed for about 30 minutes ranging from magnitude 2.4 to 3.6.

A total of nine quakes were reported in the area, which is only 25 kilometers from Gyeongju, where the nation's most powerful quake of magnitude 5.8 happened in September 2016.

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