5.4 quake in southeast South Korea causes some minor damage

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A rare natural disaster of magnitude 5.4 rattled South Korea on Wednesday, its second most powerful quake on record, shaking buildings but causing no major damage or injuries.

Before the main tremor, earthquakes of 2.2 and 2.6 magnitude struck areas near Pohang city.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-In, on his way to Seoul after attending the Asean summit in Manila, is set to hold an emergency meeting upon arrival, his office said. The residents of Pohang were told to evacuate and reports emerged about buildings shaking following the tremors.

South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars, broken windows from some buildings and elementary school students taking shelter on a playground.

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There were no immediate reports of any casualties or injuries. No immediate damage was reported in the firm's steel mills. According to state nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, neither of nuclear reactors on the southeastern coast was affected by the quakes.

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