Magnitude Earthquake Strikes South Korean Coastline

Magnitude Earthquake Strikes South Korean Coastline

The 5.5 magnitude rocked the coast near Pohang in South Korea.

There have been no reports of human casualties so far.

It's the strongest quake in South Korea since a 5.8-magnitude occurred near the ancient city of Gyeongju, which is close to Pohang, in September 2016, Korea Meteorological Administration officials said.

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The seismic intensity was the second biggest in the country's history after the biggest ever quake of 5.8-magnitude hit the Gyeongju city, just south of the Pohang city, in September previous year.

Residents in Seoul, which is more than 300 kilometers away from the epicentre, felt tremors, and said their buildings shook. USGS reported the tremor struck at a depth of 10km at 2.29pm (1.29pm, Singapore time). Six aftershocks followed for about 30 minutes ranging from magnitude 2.4 to 3.6. Electric lamp hanging from the ceiling was shaken, with books falling from a bookshelf.

The quake was felt across South Korea, including in the capital and on the southern island of Jeju, with reports there of buildings shaking and picture frames falling off walls, South Korean news agency Yonhap said.

Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power said nuclear power plants in the country are operating normally.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In, on his way to Seoul after attending the Asean summit in Manila, is set to hold an emergency meeting upon arrival, his office said.