SEOUL, South Korea – A 5.four magnitude earthquake that was South Korea’s second-strongest in many years broken infrastructure, injured dozens of individuals and left about 1,500 homeless, officers mentioned Thursday.

No deaths have been reported for the reason that quake rattled the southeastern coastal area across the port metropolis of Pohang on Wednesday afternoon.

As of Thursday morning, 1,536 folks had been pressured to evacuate their properties and 57 folks had been injured, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety mentioned in an announcement.

More than 1,000 homes and dozens of different buildings and automobiles had been broken or destroyed, and cracks and different injury had been present in army services, bridges, port services and water provide services. Media pictures confirmed crumbled partitions piled on broken automobiles, damaged home windows and cracks in buildings.

The quake additionally pressured the schooling ministry to place off the college entrance examination for one week as a result of some buildings chosen as check venues had cracks and college students within the southeastern area had been displaced from their properties and complained of anxieties. The annual check administered by the federal government is a large nationwide occasion in South Korea, the place diplomas from prime faculties typically badure higher jobs and spouses.

It’s the second-strongest quake in South Korea for the reason that nation formally started monitoring them in 1978. The largest quake occurred in September 2016, when a 5.eight magnitude occurred close to the traditional metropolis of Gyeongju, which is near Pohang. That quake additionally triggered accidents however no deaths.

South Korea’s state-run Korea Meteorological Administration mentioned the epicenter of Wednesday’s quake was inside Pohang whereas the U.S. Geological Survey mentioned it was centered about 9.three kilometers (5.eight miles) northwest of the port metropolis. The shaking was felt in Seoul, greater than 300 kilometers (186 miles) away.

South Korea has comparatively little seismic exercise, not like neighboring Japan.

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