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S Korea quake injures dozens

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A car damaged by falling bricks after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake is seen in the southeastern port city of Pohang. AFP

SEOUL (AFP) – More than 50 people were injured and 1,500 taken to shelters in South Korea after a rare 5.4-magnitude quake hit Pohang on Wednesday, officials said yesterday. The second-most powerful quake recorded in the South hit at a shallow depth of nine kilometres on Wednesday afternoon, sparking alarm in a country that rarely experiences significant tremors. The quake, which was felt across the country, damaged nearly 1,100 homes and more than 100 schools, the safety ministry said. Roads and public and military facilities were also damaged, while 57 people were left injured and 1,536 seeking shelter outside their home, it said. No deaths had been reported. Photos of the aftermath showed damaged homes, shattered storefronts and cars smashed. A social media video showed students screaming and fleeing as a large brick facade fell off the top of a campus building.

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