Crack Opens Outside High School After Earthquake Hits South Korea

NewsflarePublished: November 15, 2017743 views
Published: November 15, 2017

A crack has opened in the ground outside Pohang High School in South Korea after a 5.4 earthquake shook the area on November 15, hitting just off the coast. No casualties were reported and the quake only caused minor material damage according to local news. No tsunami warnings have been issued either.

This is hit by the second most powerful earthquake in South Korea’s history, which prompted fears that Kim Jong-un has completed another nuclear test.

The earthquake's epicenter was 5.8 miles northwest of the port city of Pohang, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. South Korea's state-run Korea Meteorological Administration measured the quake at the same strength but said the epicenter was inside Pohang.

Residents in the capital, more than 186 miles away, felt tremors and said their buildings shook. A number of windows were broken and walls crumbled beneath structures close to the central point of the earthquake.

It's the strongest quake in South Korea since a 5.8-magnitude occurred near the ancient city of Gyeongju, which is close to Pohang, in September 2016, Korea Meteorological Administration officials said. Around 2:50 pm, local time, a third aftershock with a magnitude of 3.6 was detected about 7 kilometers north of Pohang.

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

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