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

BREAKING: Huge earthquake strikes near North Korea as Ring of Fire shaken again

Two earthquakes with the magnitudes of 5.5 and 5.4 have struck off South Korea's southeastern coast, about 6km north of the port of Pohang, the national meteorological service said.

The seismic intensity was the second biggest in the country's history after the biggest ever quake of 5.8-magnitude hit the Gyeongju city, just south of the Pohang city, in September previous year.

The most powerful quake recorded in the south was a 5.8-magnitude tremor that hit the southeastern city of Gyeongju in September previous year. While no casualties have been reported yet, seven people have been lightly wounded, with over 40 people rescued.

Residents in Seoul, which is more than 300 kilometers away from the epicentre, felt tremors, and said their buildings shook.

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

The weather agency said the seismic center for the initial quake is 36-point-one degrees north latitude and 129-point-37 degrees east longitude.

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

The nuclear power plant Singori 3 in Ulsan is believed to remain unaffected by the quake. Moon convened an emergency meeting with his secretaries.

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