Korea hit by 2nd biggest ever quake of 5.4-magnitude

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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. No casualties have been reported yet.

Mark Zastrow, who lives in Seoul, tweeted: "Woah, quake in Pohang and just felt it in Seoul, a few seconds after I got the alert on my phone".

The outer wall of an elementary school in Pohang has fallen after a magnitude 5.5 natural disaster hit the southeastern city on November 15, 2017.

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

Residents in Seoul, which is more than 300 kilometers away from the epicentre, felt tremors, and said their buildings shook. An aftershock of 3.6-magnitude took place in an area 7 km north of the coastal city, followed by third and fourth shocks.

Photos and video footage sent to local TV stations showed crumbled street walls and furniture violently shaking inside people's homes and people rushing out of buildings in panic.

Nuclear power plants were being normally operated, according to the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, an operator of the country's nuclear reactors.

Tremors were felt in the South Korean capital Seoul, around 270km from Pohang, Yonhap added.

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