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Huge quake strikes near North Korea as Ring of Fire shaken again

Huge quake strikes near North Korea as Ring of Fire shaken again

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.

Its strongest quake on record was magnitude 5.8 in September previous year.

The Korea Meteorological Administration says there were smaller tremors of magnitudes of 2.2 and 2.6 just a few minutes before the main quake. While no casualties have been reported yet, seven people have been lightly wounded, with over 40 people rescued.

The quake was sensed across the country, including the capital Seoul, some 270 km away from the Pohang city, as well as the southern resort island of Jeju, according to local media reports.

AFP  Getty Images Damage to the wall of a house is seen after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake in the southeastern port city of Pohang Nov. 15 2017
AFP Getty Images Damage to the wall of a house is seen after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake in the southeastern port city of Pohang Nov. 15 2017

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. And just over an hour ago, another aftershock with a magnitude of 4.6 was reported in the area.

South Korean officials are assessing the situation.

South Korea's top steel maker POSCO, based in Pohang, said it experienced no damage from the natural disaster so far. We'll have the latest on that and more in our later newscast.

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