5.4-magnitude earthquake hits southeastern S. Korea

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So far, there have been no reports of fatal casualties with 7 minor injury cases as of 4:32 PM KST, but it seems the natural disaster did take a toll on building exteriors, vehicles, and in some cases, indoors.

A 5.4 magnitude quake hit the southeastern Korean city of Pohang early Wednesday afternoon.

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

The outer wall of an elementary school in Pohang has fallen after a magnitude 5.5 quake hit the southeastern city on November 15, 2017.

5.4-magnitude earthquake hits southeastern S. Korea
5.4-magnitude earthquake hits southeastern S. Korea

The quake was sensed across the country, including capital Seoul, some 270 km away from Pohang city, as well as the southern resort island of Jeju. A third aftershock with a 3.6 magnitude was recorded later, the weather agency said.

Photos and video footage sent to local TV stations showed crumbled street walls and furniture violently shaking inside people's homes and people rushing out of buildings in panic.

So far, there have been no reports of casualties or damage to the nuclear power plants south of Pohang, the Korea Times reported, citing local utilities. Nuclear power plants in Gyeongju and the surrounding areas are reported to be safe and unaffected by the natural disaster.

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