Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts South Korea

BREAKING: Huge earthquake strikes near North Korea as Ring of Fire shaken again

The quake struck about 9 km (5 miles) north of the southeastern port city of Pohang, the Korea Meteorological Administration said in a news briefing.

The quake shook South Korea's southeastern coast of Pohang.

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

No serious casualty was reported yet. USGS reported the tremor struck at a depth of 10km at 2.29pm (1.29pm, Singapore time). A third aftershock with a 3.6 magnitude was recorded later, the weather agency said.

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According to TV footage, some buildings were externally damaged and windows were broken.

People evacuated buildings near the epicenter as soon as the felt tremors.

Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power said nuclear power plants in the country are operating normally.

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.

Following the natural disaster, Paik Un-gyu, minister of trade, industry and energy, convened an emergency meeting via conference call to check major energy facilities, including power plants, pipelines and petroleum reserves, and ordered energy firm chiefs to take necessary measures if needed.

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