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5.5 magnitude quake hits off South Korea's coast

5.5 magnitude quake hits off South Korea's coast

A powerful quake struck the South Korean city of Pohang on Wednesday, with local media reporting that resulting tremors were felt hundreds of kilometers away in Seoul. While no casualties have been reported yet, seven people have been lightly wounded, with over 40 people rescued.

The quake struck about 9km north of the southeastern port city of Pohang, the Korea Meteorological Administration said in a news briefing.

Tremors were felt in the South Korean capital Seoul, around 270km from Pohang, Yonhap added.

The 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 2:29 pm (0529 GMT) north of Pohang, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said on it website. A third aftershock with a 3.6 magnitude was recorded later, the weather agency said.




"All reactors, including those in Gyeongju, are operating normally without power shutdown or decreased power output", the KHNP said in a statement.

South Korean officials are assessing the situation.

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

Even Seoul's financial markets and many businesses open late on the day to clear traffic for test-takers, with airport landing and takeoffs suspended for 30 minutes during the main language listening test.