5.4 quake in southeast South Korea causes some minor damage

5.4 quake in southeast South Korea causes some minor damage

An natural disaster of 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale has hit the southeastern city of Pohang, the Korean Times reported.

Samsung and SK hynix experienced temporary suspension of chip production in September previous year when a more powerful quake struck near Gyeongju south of Pohang.

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

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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 quake activity. USGS reported the tremor struck at a depth of 10km at 2.29pm (1.29pm, Singapore time). The quake was felt across the nation, including Seoul about 370 km away from the port city.

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

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. Students were evacuated from school buildings and people stood on the streets after dashing out of office buildings and apartments. Most of South Korea's atomic power plants are located along the southeast coastal area.

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