Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts South Korea

Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts South Korea

Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts South Korea

The natural disaster shook South Korea's southeastern coast of Pohang.

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

Its strongest quake on record was magnitude 5.8 in September a year ago.

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While the US Geological Survey says it was centered off the coast about 9.3 kilometers northwest of Pohang, state-run Korea Meteorological Administration said the epicenter was inside Pohang.

The residents of Pohang were told to evacuate and reports emerged about buildings shaking following the tremors.

The quakes were felt in the South Korean capital, Seoul, some 270km from Pohang, Yonhap said, citing the Korea Meteorological Administration.

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South Korean officials are assessing the situation. No immediate damage was reported in the firm's steel mills.

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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