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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 | MYT 2:55 PM

5.4 quake strikes South Korea, nuclear reactors unaffected

SEOUL: A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck the southeastern city of Pohang on Wednesday (Nov 15), and the tremors were felt as far as Seoul, hundreds of kilometres away, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The quake occurred at around 2.29pm some nine kilometres north of Pohang, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

Pohang citizens were told to evacuate.

The quake was felt across the nation, including Seoul about 270 km away from Pohang, as well as the island of Jeju.

There have been no reports of human casualties so far, and officials are trying to assess the damage. The region is also home to nuclear power plants and industrial facilities, but there has been no word yet of any damage to them.

The country's nuclear operator, Korea Hydro  and  Nuclear Power said the six nuclear reactors in Gyeongju, about 35 kilometres south of the epicentre, as well as other reactors on the southeastern coast are not affected and functioning normally. - Bernama