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(LEAD) Earthquake strikes southeastern Korea

2017/11/15 15:08

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SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Yonhap) -- A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck the southeastern city of Pohang on Wednesday, and the tremors were felt as far away as Seoul, hundreds of kilometers distant.

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

The quake was felt across the nation, including Seoul about 270 km away from Pohang, as well as the island of Jeju, sparking a flood of reports of building shaking, books falling from shelves and frames falling off walls.

There have been no reports of human casualties so far, and officials are trying to assess the damage. The region is also home to nuclear power plants and industrial facilities, but there has been no word yet of any damage to them.