Korea postpones major exams after rare quake

Kristopher Drake
November 16, 2017

The quake occurred at around 2:29 p.m. some 9 kilometers north of Pohang, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

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

South Korea was hit by the country's second biggest ever natural disaster of 5.4- magnitude, with no serious casualty being reported yet, the weather service said Wednesday.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A 5.4 magnitude natural disaster shook South Korea's southeastern coastal region Wednesday afternoon, breaking some windows and crumbling walls near the epicenter.

The epicenter, with a depth of 9 km, was at 36.10 degrees north latitude and 129.37 degrees east longitude.

(LEAD) Earthquake strikes southeastern Korea

Before the main tremor, earthquakes of 2.2 and 2.6 magnitude struck areas near Pohang city.

Around 2:50pm (local time) a third aftershock with a magnitude of 3.6 was detected about 7 kilometers north of Pohang. Students were evacuated from school buildings and people stood on the streets after dashing out of office buildings and apartments.

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. According to state nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, neither of nuclear reactors on the southeastern coast was affected by the quakes.

The South Korean port city of Pohang is the home to the headquarters of Posco - the country's top, and the world's fourth largest, steelmaker. Moon convened an emergency meeting with his secretaries.

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