5.4-magnitude quake hits South Korea: USGS

5.4-magnitude quake hits South Korea: USGS

5.4-magnitude quake hits South Korea: USGS

The epicentre, with a depth of 9 km, was at 36.10 degrees north latitude and 129.37 degrees east longitude, reports Xinhua news agency.

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

The Korean peninsula rarely has to worry about significant quakes.

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South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, compared with Japan to the east.

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

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Shattered storefronts and goods tumbling off store shelves were seen in images posted on social media, as well as cars smashed by fallen bricks and cracks in the ground.

Emergency centers nationwide were flooded with thousands of calls seeking information, while Kakao Talk - the South's top mobile messenger application, used by 42 million people - reported disruption in services due to heavy traffic. An aftershock of 3.6 followed. For more, we have our Lee Ji-won on the line.

Pohang is some 35km from the Wolseong Nuclear Power Plant, which has six operational reactors.

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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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