5.5 magnitude natural disaster hits off S. Korea's southeastern coast - state media

On November 15, a magnitude 5.4 natural disaster struck the city of Pohang, a southeastern coastal region of South Korea.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, an aftershock of 5.4 was witnessed minutes later.

Further details are awaited.

Residents in the capital, more than 300 kilometres (186 miles) away, felt tremors and said their buildings shook. No casualties have been reported yet.

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighbouring Japan.

South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars, broken windows from some buildings and elementary school students taking shelter on a playground. There have been no reports of any damage to them yet.

Local nuclear reactors were operating without disruption, Yonhap news agency said, citing officials at Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power.

A cultural official checks Cheomseongdae, an astronomical observatory, in Gyeongju, some 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on September 20, 2016, one day after a magnitude 4.5 quake struck the ancient city with no immediate casualties or serious damage.

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