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Nuclear reactors unaffected by magnitude 5.4 natural disaster: KHNP

15 Novembre 2017

A 5.4 magnitude quake shook South Korea's southeastern coastal region Wednesday afternoon raising fears North Korea could have launched another missile test.

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 previous year.

The Korea Meteorological Administration reported a second tremor, with a magnitude of 5.4, about nine kilometers from Pohang.

North Korea and South Korea are located in the region known as the Ring of Fire - which extends around the Pacific Ocean and is a hotspot for quake activity.

The residents of Pohang were told to evacuate, the agency said, adding that reports emerged about buildings shaking following the tremor.

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According to local TV footage, some of the buildings saw external wall damaged and window broken.

The weather agency said the seismic center for the initial quake is 36-point-one degrees north latitude and 129-point-37 degrees east longitude.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) said the six nuclear reactors in Gyeongju, about 45 kilometers south of the epicenter, as well as other reactors on the southeastern coast are all functioning normally.

There are nuclear power plants and industrial facilities in the area.

Nuclear reactors unaffected by magnitude 5.4 natural disaster: KHNP