Twin quakes, about 5.4 magnitude, hit off S. Korea's southeastern coast

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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. South Korea's state-run Korea Meteorological Administration measured the quake at the same strength but said the epicenter was inside Pohang.

The South Korean Meteorological Administration specified that the quake took place about nine kilometers from the coastal city of Pohang and left at least 14 people with minor injuries.

Yesterday's quake was felt across the country, including in the capital, Seoul. Students were evacuated from school buildings and people stood on the streets after dashing out of office buildings and apartments.

Emergency centres nationwide were flooded with thousands of calls seeking information, while Kakao Talk - the South's top mobile messenger application - reported service disruption due to heavy traffic.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in was briefed on the quake on his flight to Seoul after ending a weeklong trip to Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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The quake was followed by multiple aftershocks including a 4.3-magnitude tremor that hit about two hours later.

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Pohang is some 35km from the Wolseong Nuclear Power Plant, which has six operational reactors.

The most powerful quake recorded in the South was a 5.8- magnitude tremor that hit the southeastern city of Gyeongju in September a year ago.

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