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South Korea rocks by one of its strongest earthquake of magnitude 4.8 causes damages to buildings

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake cracked walls, spilled items from store shelves and and caused other minor damage in a fishing community in southwestern South Korea on Wednesday, but no casualties have been reported. The earthquake in Buan, which had an estimated depth of 8 kilometres, was the strongest detected in South Korea this year.

By: Ruchi Upadhyay  Pardaphash Group
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South Korea rocks by one of its strongest earthquake of magnitude 4.8 causes damages to buildings

Seoul: South Korea was rocked by one of its strongest earthquake in years when a magnitude 4.8 temblor hit a southwestern region Wednesday, shaking buildings in Seoul some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north.

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake cracked walls, spilled items from store shelves and and caused other minor damage in a fishing community in southwestern South Korea on Wednesday, but no casualties have been reported. The earthquake in Buan, which had an estimated depth of 8 kilometres, was the strongest detected in South Korea this year. The National Fire Agency said it so far confirmed eight minor cases of property damage in Buan and the nearby city of Iksan, including cracked walls at homes and a warehouse, at least two broken wall tiles and at least one broken window.

According to the agency, it was the most powerful earthquake to hit South Korea in 2024, but there were no immediate reports of any major damage as of Wednesday morning. Jo Hae-jin, a fire department official in North Jeolla province, said authorities received about 80 calls from residents reporting the earthquake. He said that there is news of wall of a house breaking in Buan due to the earthquake.

It was also strong enough to knock items off store shelves. Jo Yu-jin, an official with the North Jeolla Province Fire Department, said authorities received about 80 calls from residents in the area who felt the tremors. More than 200 other similar calls were made by residents in other areas, according to the national fire agency, including 38 in the central North Chungcheong region and seven in the country’s capital, Seoul. There was no news of anyone being injured till Wednesday morning.

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