Published on : Friday, November 17, 2017
Till now four people have been injured the disaster officials confirmed as the earthquake shook buildings and caused books to fall from shelves sending tremors to distant places like Seoul.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) charted the intensity and said that the tremors would have been felt in North Korea.
There were fears that North Korea must have launched another missile test. The experts in September had earlier monitored in Pyonggang after Kim Jong-un triggered an earthquake with one of his tests.
CTBTO the head of the nuclear test monitoring agency analysts predicted unusual seismic activity in North Korea. There were reports of building shaking and tremors being felt 270 km from Pohang and also in the island of Jeju.
So far there had been no news of any damage even though the region was a home to nuclear power plants and industrial facilities. Around 100 residents in Pohang were asked to evacuate from the residential block.
The quake is the second biggest that had ever hit South Korea, in September last year a 5.8 magnitude quake was recorded as the most powerful that the country had suffered.
The Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) told that all the reactor in Gyeonjy were operating normally without any power shutdown or decreased power output. There was no breakdown in facilities or radiation leak, however an in-depth inspection will be conducted and released later.
The South Korean officials were assessing the damage while the South Korea’s Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon ordered the Interior Ministry to help the victims.
President Moon Jae-in after his return from a Southeast Asian trip was scheduled to preside over an emergency meeting at Cheong Wa Dae.
Located in the Ring of Fire extending around the Pacific Ocean is a hotspot for earthquake. North Korea and South Korea is located in this region.