South Korea rattled by rare 5.4-magnitude quake

Two earthquakes with the magnitudes of 5.5 and 5.4 have struck off South Korea's southeastern coast, about 6km north of the port of Pohang, the national meteorological service said.

A rare natural disaster of magnitude 5.4 rattled South Korea on Wednesday, its second most powerful quake on record, shaking buildings but causing no major damage or injuries.

The Korean peninsula rarely has to worry about significant quakes.

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighbouring Japan. No immediate damage was reported in the firm's steel mills.

Reports of shaking buildings and toppling furniture flooded in from Seoul to Jeju Island. No casualties have been reported yet. Witnesses stated that the natural disaster could be felt in Seoul, more than 300 kilometers away, including at Gwanghwamun.

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

This would be the strongest natural disaster in South Korea since the 5.8-magnitude one which occurred near Gyeongju in September 2016.



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