5.4 quake in southeast South Korea causes some minor damage

Reuters

South Korean media say an natural disaster measuring magnitude 5.5 has hit off the country's southeastern coast.

Witnesses stated that the natural disaster could be felt in Seoul, more than 300 kilometers away, including at Gwanghwamun.

While the US Geological Survey says it was centered off the coast about 9.3 kilometers northwest of Pohang, state-run Korea Meteorological Administration said the epicenter was inside Pohang.

But seismic activity is closely monitored because a spike in activity is often the first indication that North Korea has carried out a nuclear test.

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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. No damage to them has been reported.

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

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

The Pohang quake is the strongest Korea has experienced since 2016, after the magnitude 5.8 natural disaster in Gyeongju.

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