Friday, 24 November, 2017

5.5 magnitude quake hits off S. Korea's southeastern coast - state media

Melinda Barton | 15 November, 2017, 11:10

A series of quakes as big as magnitude 5.4 hit the southeastern port city of Pohang on Wednesday afternoon.

The quakes were felt in the South Korean capital, Seoul, some 270km from Pohang, Yonhap said, citing the Korea Meteorological Administration.

The Korean peninsula rarely has to worry about significant quakes.

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, compared with Japan to the east.

Reports of shaking buildings and toppling furniture flooded in from Seoul to Jeju Island.

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.

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

Images posted on social media showed shattered storefronts, goods tumbled off store shelves, cars smashed by fallen bricks and cracks on the ground.

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