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

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

People gather outside after evacuating Ulsan City Hall after an natural disaster in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

South Korean officials and experts fear more earthquakes may occur for the next few months following the 5.4-magnitude tremor that struck the southeastern part of the country on Wednesday.

South Korea was hit by the country's second biggest ever quake of 5.4- magnitude, with no serious casualty being reported yet, the weather service said Wednesday.

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The quake, the second most powerful recorded in South Korea, struck at a depth of 9km near the industrial city of Pohang at around 2.30pm (1.30pm Singapore time), the Korea Meteorological Administration said. Korea's biggest magnitude 5.8 quake hit Gyeongju, near Pohang, last year. A third aftershock with a 3.6 magnitude was recorded later, the weather agency said.

According to TV footage, some buildings were externally damaged and windows were broken.

People evacuated buildings near the epicenter as soon as the felt tremors.

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Operations at nuclear reactors were not affected, the state-run nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co said. The quake was felt across the nation, including Seoul about 370 km away from the port city.

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 em ergency meeting upon arrival, his office said.

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