Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Korea's southeastern coastal city of Pohang


Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Korea's southeastern coastal city of Pohang

A damaged building is seen in Pohang, South Korea, on November 15, 2017.

South Korean tech giants said Wednesday no damage has been reported at production plants following the magnitude 5.4 quake which struck the southeastern city of Pohang earlier in the day. While no casualties have been reported yet, seven people have been lightly wounded, with over 40 people rescued.

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

The outer wall of an elementary school in Pohang has fallen after a magnitude 5.5 quake hit the southeastern city on November 15, 2017. As of 3:00 p.m. local time, four minor injuries were reported, according to the firefighting agency.

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

Debris from a collapsed wall is scattered in front of a shop after an earthquake in Pohang South Korea
Debris from a collapsed wall is scattered in front of a shop after an earthquake in Pohang South Korea

According to local TV footage, some of the buildings saw external wall damaged and window broken.

The residents of Pohang were told to evacuate, the agency said, adding that reports emerged about buildings shaking following the tremor.

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.

There are nuclear power plants and industrial facilities in the area.