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5.5 magnitude earthquake hits off coast of South Korea

  • An earthquake measuring magnitude 5.5 has hit off the coast of South Korea
  • The violent tremor was detected near Pohang in the North Gyeongsang Province
  • Some buildings across the nation were impacted by the earthquake, reports say
  • The earthquake struck six kilometers from Pohang and shook to nearby regions

Fiona Connor For Daily Mail Australia

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake shook South Korea’s southeastern coastal region Wednesday afternoon, breaking some windows and crumbling walls near the epicenter. No casualties were reported.

The quake was centered off the coast about 9.3 kilometers (5.8 miles) northwest of the port city of Pohang, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. South Korea’s state-run Korea Meteorological Administration measured the quake at the same strength but said the epicenter was inside Pohang.

Residents in the capital, more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) away, felt tremors and said their buildings shook. 

An earthquake measuring magnitude 5.5 has hit off the coast of South Korea 

An earthquake measuring magnitude 5.5 has hit off the coast of South Korea 

An earthquake measuring magnitude 5.5 has hit off the coast of South Korea 

Debris from a collapsed building is scattered in front of a shopping center after an earthquake

Debris from a collapsed building is scattered in front of a shopping center after an earthquake

Debris from a collapsed building is scattered in front of a shopping center after an earthquake

 The earthquake shook South Koreaís southeastern coastal region on Wednesday afternoon, but no casualties were immediately reported

 The earthquake shook South Koreaís southeastern coastal region on Wednesday afternoon, but no casualties were immediately reported

 The earthquake shook South Koreaís southeastern coastal region on Wednesday afternoon, but no casualties were immediately reported

The Korea Meteorological Administration reported a second tremor, with a magnitude of 5.4, about nine kilometers from Pohang.

The agency sent out an earthquake alert via a mobile network which asked some of the local residents in the affected area to evacuate immediately. 

South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars, broken windows from some buildings and elementary school students taking shelter on a playground.

No injuries or major damage has been reported, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

Residents in the capital, more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) away, felt tremors and said their buildings shook 

Residents in the capital, more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) away, felt tremors and said their buildings shook 

Residents in the capital, more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) away, felt tremors and said their buildings shook 

Some buildings across the nation were impacted by the earthquake (pictured)

Some buildings across the nation were impacted by the earthquake (pictured)

Some buildings across the nation were impacted by the earthquake (pictured)

The violent tremor was detected near Pohang in the North Gyeongsang Province

The violent tremor was detected near Pohang in the North Gyeongsang Province

The violent tremor was detected near Pohang in the North Gyeongsang Province

It’s the strongest quake in South Korea since a 5.8-magnitude occurred near the ancient city of Gyeongju, which is close to Pohang, in September 2016, Korea Meteorological Administration officials said.

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighboring Japan. 

The nuclear power plant Singori 3 in Ulsan is believed to remain unaffected by the quake.

Around 2:50pm (local time) a third aftershock with a magnitude of 3.6 was detected about 7 kilometers north of Pohang. 

South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars and broken windows from some buildings

South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars and broken windows from some buildings

South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars and broken windows from some buildings

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