5.4 magnitude quake hits South Korea, tremors felt 300-km from epicentre

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

Experts from South Korea warned today that the 5.4 magnitude natural disaster that shook Pohang today in the southeast of the country could be a prelude to bigger ones.

The Meteorological Administration said almost 20 aftershocks had shaken the region and more were expected in coming days.

So far, there have been no reports of fatal casualties with 7 minor injury cases as of 4:32 PM KST, but it seems the quake did take a toll on building exteriors, vehicles, and in some cases, indoors.

The most powerful quake recorded in South Korea was a 5.8-magnitude tremor that hit the south-eastern city of Gyeongju in September previous year.

The weather service revised the magnitude from an initial 5.5 to 5.4 after a rigorous analysis.

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The epicentre was about 6 km north of Pohang, and the tremors were felt across the country.

Before the main tremor, earthquakes of 2.2 and 2.6 magnitude struck areas near Pohang city. An aftershock of 3.6-magnitude took place in an area 7 km north of the coastal city, followed by third and fourth shocks.

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

Reports of shaking buildings and toppling furniture flooded in from Seoul to Jeju Island.

"So far, there have been no reports of casualties or damage to the nuclear power plants south of Pohang, " the Korea Times reported, citing local utilities.

The most powerful quake recorded in the South was a 5.8- magnitude tremor that hit the southeastern city of Gyeongju in September a year ago.

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