5.4-magnitude earthquake hits south-east South Korea

A powerful earthquake struck the South Korean city of Pohang on Wednesday, with local media reporting that resulting tremors were felt hundreds of kilometres away in Seoul.

“The 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 2:29 p.m. (0529 GMT) north of Pohang,’’ the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said on its website.

The KMA also reported other earthquakes in short succession in Pohang afterward.

“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.

It noted that the quake was felt across South Korea, including the capital and on the southern island of Jeju, with reports that the buildings were shaking and picture frames falling off walls.

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