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

15 November 2017, 12:12 | Taylor George

(LEAD) Earthquake strikes southeastern Korea

Twin quakes about 5.4 magnitude hit off S. Korea's southeastern coast

Nuclear reactors located on South Korea's southeastern coast were not affected by a series of strong earthquakes that hit the nearby city of Pohang on Wednesday, the state nuclear operator said.

Residents in the capital Seoul, more than 300 kilometres (186 miles) away, say they've felt tremors and are reporting their buildings have been shaken. While no casualties have been reported yet, seven people have been lightly wounded, with over 40 people rescued.

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

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, compared with Japan to the east. No immediate damage was reported in the firm's steel mills. Six aftershocks followed for about 30 minutes ranging from magnitude 2.4 to 3.6.

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South Korean officials are assessing the situation.

Nuclear power plants in Gyeongju and the surrounding areas are reported to be safe and unaffected by the quake.

Samsung and SK hynix experienced temporary suspension of chip production in September a year ago when a more powerful quake struck near Gyeongju south of Pohang.

Even Seoul's financial markets and many businesses open late on the day to clear traffic for test-takers, with airport landing and takeoffs suspended for 30 minutes during the main language listening test.

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