5.5 magnitude earthquake hits South Korea
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An earthquake measuring 5.4 magnitude has hit the southeast coastal region of South Korea on Wednesday. Local media reported minor damage across the region, however, there are no casualties.

According to Washington Post, the quake "centred off the coast about 9.3 kilometres (5.8 miles) northwest of the port city of Pohang, according to the U.S. Geological Survey." However, the tremors were also felt in the capital city of Seoul which is more than 300 kilometres (186 miles) away.

The Korean media has been flashing images of damaged walls, cracked roads and shaking furniture across the region. The port city of Pohang is Korea's top steel manufacturing region even though the Korean Peninsula is rarely prone to quakes. "But seismic activity is closely monitored because a spike in activity is often the first indication that North Korea has carried out a nuclear test," News18 reported.