5.4-magnitude earthquake hits southeastern S. Korea

Geneva Matthews
November 16, 2017

This natural disaster is the second strongest to hit South Korea, after the 5.8 quake that struck the city of Gyeongju past year, according to Yonhap news agency. South Korea postponed its annual university entrance exam by a week today after a rare quake rattled the country, shaking buildings and causing damage but no deaths.

This is reportedly the first time a natural disaster had forced such a reschedule of the crucial exams.

It marked the second-strongest quake since the country began to collate seismic records in 1978. For more, we have our Lee Ji-won on the line.

The exam would now be held on November 23 to ensure conditions were fair for everyone, he said.

A powerful quake struck the South Korean city of Pohang on Wednesday, with local media reporting that resulting tremors were felt hundreds of kilometres away in Seoul.

Yesterday's quake was felt across the country, including in the capital, Seoul.

Nuclear power plants were being normally operated, according to the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, an operator of the country's nuclear reactors.

The tremors were felt in the South Korean capital, Seoul, some 270km from Pohang, Yonhap said.The quake was recorded at a depth of 10km, USGS said, however, noting only one natural disaster in the area with a 5.4 magnitude.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In, on his way to Seoul after attending the ASEAN summit in Manila, is set to hold an em ergency meeting upon arrival, his office said.

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

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