Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts South Korea

Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts South Korea

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

The quake struck about 9 km (5 miles) north of the southeastern port city of Pohang, the Korea Meteorological Administration said in a news briefing.

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighbouring Japan.

Photos and video footage sent to local TV stations showed crumbled street walls and furniture violently shaking inside people's homes and people rushing out of buildings in panic. Witnesses stated that the quake could be felt in Seoul, more than 300 kilometers away, including at Gwanghwamun.

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There were no immediate reports of any casualties or injuries.

Pohang is some 35km from the Wolseong Nuclear Power Plant, which has six operational reactors. No damage to them has been reported.

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

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