Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Twin quakes, about 5.4 magnitude, hit off S. Korea's southeastern coast

Twin quakes, about 5.4 magnitude, hit off S. Korea's southeastern coast

South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported a 5.4 magnitude natural disaster which struck close to the city of Pohang on the southeastern coastline around 2:29 pm local time.

There have been no reports of human casualties so far. Witnesses stated that the quake could be felt in Seoul, more than 300 kilometers away, including at Gwanghwamun.

The most powerful quake recorded in the south was a 5.8-magnitude tremor that hit the southeastern city of Gyeongju in September previous year.

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The quake was centered off the coast about 9.3 kilometers (5.8 miles) northwest of the port city of Pohang, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Gyeongju National Museum said the quake was measured to be magnitude 4.4 inside the museum, adding that there was no damage done to the artifacts.

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

The quakes were felt in the South Korean capital, Seoul, some 270km from Pohang, Yonhap said, citing the Korea Meteorological Administration. A third aftershock with a 3.6 magnitude was recorded later, the weather agency said.

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