A magnitude 5.5 natural disaster has struck off South Korea's southeastern coast, about 6km (4 miles) north of the southeastern port city of Pohang, Yonhap news agency reported.
The quake was reported about 6 kilometers north of Pohang at 2:29 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
Further details are awaited. No casualties have been reported yet.
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Residents in Pohang city just 5.6 miles from the epicentre of the quake were told to evacuate.
South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars, broken windows from some buildings and elementary school students taking shelter on a playground.
The Pohang quake is the strongest Korea has experienced since 2016, after the magnitude 5.8 natural disaster in Gyeongju.
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The Cultural Heritage Administration said Wednesday that there is no immediate damage detected to historic buildings and artifacts in Gyeongju, a city adjacent to earthquake-struck Pohang.
There are nuclear power plants and industrial facilities in the area.
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