Earthquake Shakes Waters Off Southeast Coast

      July 06, 2016 10:35

      People evacuate a cinema after an earthquake off the coast of Ulsan on Tuesday. /YTN

      A 5.0-magnitude earthquake was detected off the coast of Ulsan in southeastern Korea on Tuesday evening, the fifth-strongest since Korea began tallying data in 1978.

      The Korea Meteorological Administration said the shock was detected at 8:33 p.m. 52 km off the coast of Ulsan. A 2.6-magnitude aftershock was detected at 9:24 p.m.

      No significant damage was caused and there was no threat of a tidal wave, the KMA said.

      The latest earthquake was one of the closest tremors to the coast of Korea and could be felt in Busan as well as in surrounding Gyeongsang provinces.

      In Busan and Ulsan, people were evacuated from some high-rise buildings and movie theaters. Residents as far away as Daejeon further up north said they felt their rooms shake.

      A total of 36 tremors measuring at least 2.0 on the Richter scale have been detected so far this year, becoming more frequent than in previous years. There were 49 tremors in the entire year of 2014 and 44 in 2015. This has led to some experts warning that the Korean Peninsula may no longer be safe from heavy seismic activity.
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