Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts South Korea

Debris from a collapsed wall is scattered in front of a shop after an earthquake in Pohang South Korea. Source AP

Debris from a collapsed wall is scattered in front of a shop after an earthquake in Pohang South Korea. Source AP

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

Nuclear reactors located on South Korea's southeastern coast were not affected by a series of strong earthquakes that hit the nearby city of Pohang on Wednesday, the state nuclear operator said.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties or injuries.

Its strongest quake on record was magnitude 5.8 in September previous year. USGS reported the tremor struck at a depth of 10km at 2.29pm (1.29pm, Singapore time).

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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.

The weather agency said the seismic center for the initial quake is 36-point-one degrees north latitude and 129-point-37 degrees east longitude. Electric lamp hanging from the ceiling was shaken, with books falling from a bookshelf.

Residents in the capital, more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) away, felt tremors and said their buildings shook. Nuclear power plants in Gyeongju and the surrounding areas are reported to be safe and unaffected by the natural disaster.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in was briefed on the quake on his flight to Seoul after ending a weeklong trip to Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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