5.4-magnitude earthquake hits southeastern S. Korea

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A damaged building is seen in Pohang, South Korea, on Nov. 15, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua] 

An earthquake of 5.4-magnitude struck an area in southeastern South Korea, the country's weather agency said Wednesday.

The tremor occurred in an area nine km north of the southeastern coastal city of Pohang in North Gyeongsang province at about 2:29 p.m. local time (0529 GMT), according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

The weather service revised the magnitude from an initial 5.5 to 5.4 after a rigorous analysis.

The epicenter, with a depth of nine km, was at 36.10 degrees north latitude and 129.37 degrees east longitude.

The seismic intensity was slightly lower than the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the Gyeongju city, just south of the Pohang city, in September last year.

Before the main tremor, earthquakes of magnitude 2.2 and 2.6 struck areas near the Pohang city. An aftershock of 3.6-magnitude took place in an area seven km north of the coastal city.

According to local TV footage, some of the buildings saw external wall damaged and window broken. Electric lamp hanging from the ceiling was shaken, with books falling from a bookshelf.

The quake was sensed across the country, including the capital Seoul, some 270 km away from the Pohang city, as well as the southern resort island of Jeju, according to local media reports.

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