5.4-magnitude quake hits South Korea: USGS

Debris from a collapsed wall is scattered in front of a shop after an earthquake in Pohang South Korea. Source AP

There were no immediate reports of any casualties or injuries.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said a magnitude five-point-four quake hit nine kilometers north of Pohang's northern district in North Gyeongsang Province at around 2:29 p.m. on Wednesday.

Samsung and SK hynix experienced temporary suspension of chip production in September a year ago when a more powerful quake struck near Gyeongju south of Pohang.

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

The weather service revised the magnitude from an initial 5.5 to 5.4 after a rigorous analysis.

Tremors were felt across the country but operations at nuclear reactors were not affected, the state-run nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co said in a statement.

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

Some passenger cars were seen broken as external walls fell on roof.

The residents of Pohang were told to evacuate, the agency said, adding that reports emerged about buildings shaking following the tremor.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in was briefed on the quake on his flight to Seoul after ending a weeklong trip to Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

There are nuclear power plants and industrial facilities in the area.

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