5.4 quake in southeast South Korea causes some minor damage

A rare 5.4-magnitude natural disaster hit South Korea's southeast Wednesday afternoon, the second most powerful quake on record, in a country that seldom experiences significant tremors.

The magnitude 5.4 quake hit north of Pohang, located 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, at around 2:29 p.m., the state weather agency said.

The quake was centred off the coast about 9.3 kilometres (5.8 miles) northwest of the port city of Pohang, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. An aftershock of 3.6 followed.

A rare natural disaster of magnitude 5.4 rattled South Korea on Wednesday, its second most powerful quake on record, shaking buildings but causing no major damage or injuries.

The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. The residents of Pohang were told to evacuate and reports emerged about buildings shaking following the tremors.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) said the six nuclear reactors in Gyeongju, about 45 kilometers south of the epicenter, as well as other reactors on the southeastern coast are all functioning normally. Last year, a magnitude 5.8 quake struck the historic city of Gyeongju and damaged many cultural assets there.