Magnitude 5.4 natural disaster strikes city of Pohang + 'Dispatch' photos of quake aftermath

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A rare 5.4-magnitude natural disaster hit South Korea's southeast Wednesday afternoon, the second most powerful quake on record, in a country that seldom experiences significant tremors.

Analysts were monitoring "unusual seismic activity" in North Korea, the head of the nuclear test monitoring agency CTBTO said. South Korea's state-run Korea Meteorological Administration measured the quake at the same strength but said the epicenter was inside Pohang.

Devin, like you said the 5.4 magnitude quake hit the northern region of Korea's coastal city of Pohang at around half-past-two this afternoon.

Shaking was felt across the country and there were numerous reports of minor damage. He calls for more analysis raising the possibility that there may be unknown fault lines.

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South Korean media showed crumbled walls piled on parked cars, broken windows from some buildings and elementary school students taking shelter on a playground. And just over an hour ago, another aftershock with a magnitude of 4.6 was reported in the area.

The university entrance exam is taken very seriously.

Even Seoul's financial markets and many businesses open late on the day to clear traffic for test-takers, with airport landing and takeoffs suspended for 30 minutes during the main language listening test.

Local nuclear reactors were operating without disruption, Yonhap news agency said, citing officials at Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power. Nuclear power plants in Gyeongju and the surrounding areas are reported to be safe and unaffected by the quake.

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