Debris from a collapsed wall is scattered in front of a shop after an quake in Pohang, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.
South Korean authorities took the unprecedented step of postponing nationwide college entrance exams after a rare 5.4-magnitude quake hit the south-east of the country yesterday, sparking alarm. The Pohang natural disaster is the strongest Korea has experienced since 2016, after the magnitude 5.8 quake in Gyeongju. While no casualties have been reported yet, seven people have been lightly wounded, with over 40 people rescued.
The quake was centered off the coast about 9.3 kilometers (5.8 miles) northwest of the port city of Pohang, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. People say the tremor was strong enough to have parts of buildings crack or fall off, and could even be felt by residents in the capital Seoul, which is more than 300 kilometers away.
The initial quake was recorded at a depth of 10km, USGS said.
Korea postpones major exams after rare quake
South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars, broken windows from some buildings and elementary school students taking shelter on a playground. No damage to them has been reported.
Devin, like you said the 5.4 magnitude quake hit the northern region of Korea's coastal city of Pohang at around half-past-two this afternoon.
The Korean peninsula is rarely troubled by significant quakes but seismic activity is closely monitored because a spike is often the first indication that North Korea has carried out a nuclear test.