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5.4 magnitude natural disaster hits South Korea, tremors felt 300-km from epicentre

15 November 2017

An natural disaster measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted South Korea on Wednesday.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, an aftershock of 5.4 was witnessed minutes later.

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 quake did take a toll on building exteriors, vehicles, and in some cases, indoors.

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

South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars, broken windows from some buildings and elementary school students taking shelter on a playground.

But seismic activity is closely monitored because a spike in activity is often the first indication that North Korea has carried out a nuclear test.

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Before the main tremor, earthquakes of 2.2 and 2.6 magnitude struck areas near Pohang city. No damage to them has been reported.

The quake-hit region is not far from some of the country's nuclear power plants and industrial facilities, including Shin Kori 3, but there has been no report of any damage yet.

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5.4 magnitude natural disaster hits South Korea, tremors felt 300-km from epicentre