Huge natural disaster strikes near North Korea as Ring of Fire shaken again

The quake occurred at around 2:29 p.m. some 9 kilometers north of Pohang the Korea Meteorological Administration said. The quake was felt across the nation including Seoul about 370 km away from the port city

A damaged building is seen in Pohang, South Korea, on November 15, 2017.

A 5.4-magnitude natural disaster struck eastern South Korea on Wednesday (Nov 15), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

There have been no reports of human casualties so far.

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

South Korea's top steel maker POSCO, based in Pohang, said it experienced no damage from the quake so far.

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Tremors were felt around the country, including in Seoul and Busan. The residents of Pohang were told to evacuate and reports emerged about buildings shaking following the tremors.

According to local TV footage, some of the buildings saw external wall damaged and window broken.

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) said the six nuclear reactors in Gyeongju, about 45 kilometers south of the epicenter, as well as other reactors on the southeastern coast are all functioning normally.

The nuclear power plant Singori 3 in Ulsan is believed to remain unaffected by the quake.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In, on his way to Seoul after attending the Asean summit in Manila, is set to hold an emergency meeting upon arrival, his office said.