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

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

The epicentre, with a depth of 9 km, was at 36.10 degrees north latitude and 129.37 degrees east longitude, reports Xinhua news agency.

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

The Korean peninsula rarely has to worry about significant quakes.

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighbouring Japan. The Korea Meteorological Administration said that no injuries or major damages were immediately reported.


Photos and video footage sent to local TV stations showed crumbled street walls, furniture violently shaking inside people's homes and people rushing out of buildings in panic. As the government is working to rescue residents in the affected areas, President Moon Jae-in, who came back from his 8-day tour of Southeast Asia this afternoon, just finished holding an emergency meeting on the situation with his top aides. An aftershock of 3.6 followed.

South Korean media say an quake measuring magnitude 5.5 has hit off the country's southeastern coast.

"All reactors, including those in Gyeongju, are operating normally without power shutdown or decreased power output", the KHNP said in a statement. We'll have the latest on that and more in our later newscast.

Related Articles