September 22, 2016 09:24
Six aftershocks rattled the historic city of Gyeongju on Wednesday ranging in magnitude from 2.1 to 3.5.
The area has suffered a total of 412 aftershocks since the 5.8-magnitude earthquake 10 days ago.
City officials said no damage or casualties were reported, but the city government was inundated with phone calls from nervous residents. Many jittery locals are getting prescriptions for tranquilizers or sedatives.
The government is designating Gyeongju a special disaster zone, making it eligible for relief funds and residents subject to tax benefits and reductions in public utility fees.
Government officials and lawmakers met at the prime minister's office on Wednesday to agree on the measures. A medical taskforce also offered help to residents of areas affected by the earthquake.
Meanwhile, 14 out of 62 national treasures in the historic city have been damaged by the earthquakes, according to the latest tally.
Among them are some national treasures in the Seokguram Grotto, according to the Cultural Heritage Administration.
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