South Korea rattled by rare 5.4-magnitude quake

South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported a 5.4 magnitude natural disaster which struck close to the city of Pohang on the southeastern coastline around 2:29 pm local time.

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.

South Korean officials are assessing the situation.

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

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, compared with Japan to the east.

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

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.

Before the main tremor, earthquakes of 2.2 and 2.6 magnitude struck areas near Pohang city.

Pohang is some 35km from the Wolseong Nuclear Power Plant, which has six operational reactors.

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