Magnitude 5.4 quake strikes city of Pohang + 'Dispatch' photos of natural disaster aftermath

Magnitude 5.4 quake strikes city of Pohang + 'Dispatch' photos of natural disaster aftermath

A powerful natural disaster struck the South Korean city of Pohang on Wednesday, with local media reporting that resulting tremors were felt hundreds of kilometers away in Seoul.

Nuclear reactors in the region operated normally when the nation's strongest-ever quake at magnitude 5.8 hit Gyeongju in September 2016.

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

North Korea and South Korea are located in the region known as the Ring of Fire - which extends around the Pacific Ocean and is a hotspot for natural disaster activity.

According to TV footage, some buildings were externally damaged and windows were broken.

No casualties have been reported and it is still unclear whether a tsunami warning will be issued. Six aftershocks followed for about 30 minutes ranging from magnitude 2.4 to 3.6.

People evacuated buildings near the epicenter as soon as the felt tremors.

The quake was sensed across the country, including the capital Seoul, some 270 km away from the Pohang city, as well as the southern resort island of Jeju, according to local media reports. Most of South Korea's atomic power plants are located along the southeast coastal area.

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