Rare 5.4-magnitude quake hits southern S Korea

Rare 5.4-magnitude quake hits southern S Korea

The seismic intensity was the second biggest in the country's history after the biggest ever quake of 5.8-magnitude hit the Gyeongju city, just south of the Pohang city, in September a year ago. South Korea postponed its annual university entrance exam by a week today after a rare natural disaster rattled the country, shaking buildings and causing damage but no deaths.

"A fair amount of damage was reported", Kim told a media briefing. He calls for more analysis raising the possibility that there may be unknown fault lines.

The exam would now be held on November 23 to ensure conditions were fair for everyone, he said.

South Korean officials and experts fear more earthquakes may occur for the next few months following the 5.4-magnitude tremor that struck the southeastern part of the country on Wednesday.

The port city of Pohang is home to the headquarters of Posco - the country's top, and the world's fourth largest, steelmaker.

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The university entrance exam is taken very seriously.

Pohang is some 35km from the Wolseong Nuclear Power Plant, which has six operational reactors.

The quake, which was felt across much of the country including in the capital Seoul, struck at the shallow depth of nine kilometres near the southeastern industrial city of Pohang at around 2:30pm, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in was briefed on the quake on his flight to Seoul after ending a weeklong trip to Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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

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