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Magnitude 5.4 quake strikes city of Pohang + 'Dispatch' photos of natural disaster aftermath

BREAKING NEWS EXPRESSLarge earthquake rocks Korean Peninsula
Nellie Chapman | 15 November, 2017, 11:39

A damaged building is seen in Pohang, South Korea, on November 15, 2017.

On November 15, a magnitude 5.4 quake struck the city of Pohang, a southeastern coastal region of South Korea.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties or injuries.

Nuclear reactors in the region operated normally when the nation's strongest-ever quake at magnitude 5.8 hit Gyeongju in September 2016.

North Korea and South Korea are located in the region known as the Ring of Fire - which extends around the Pacific Ocean and is a hotspot for natural disaster activity.

The epicentre, with a depth of 9 km, was at 36.10 degrees north latitude and 129.37 degrees east longitude, reports Xinhua news agency.

Around 2:50pm (local time) a third aftershock with a magnitude of 3.6 was detected about 7 kilometers north of Pohang.

According to local TV footage, some of the buildings saw external wall damaged and window broken.

People evacuated buildings near the epicenter as soon as the felt tremors.

Nuclear power plants were being normally operated, according to the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, an operator of the country's nuclear reactors. Nuclear power plants in Gyeongju and the surrounding areas are reported to be safe and unaffected by the quake.

South Korean officials are assessing the situation.