At 7.44pm this evening (Monday September 12th 2016) an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale has hit the South Eastern City of Gyeongju (경주시). Early reports are of good with it being natural (nothing nuclear) and no injuries or major damage (yet). However messaging service KakaoTalk was offline / down due to it for almost an hour.

Also a noticeable 2nd earthquake measuring a reported 5.8 on the Richter scale hit around 8.30pm, and was felt in up in Suwon, Seoul and Incheon.

This was the largest Earthquake to hit South Korea in over 40 years and unlike our East Asian Neighbors Earthquakes are uncommon here.

September 19th Earthquake; Another Earthquake hit close to Gwangju measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale. Felt in Busan and other cities by no major damage reported.

Pictures from The Gyeongju Earthquake September 2016

Here are a few pictures of the damage cursed by last nights earthquake;

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Links and References

Here are a few links and references regarding the Gyeongju Earthquake;

+ TV Choson (Korean)
+ Yonhap News (Korean)
+ Korea Times

Finally

As always if you have any questions about Gwangju Earthquake and/or anything else please feel free to let us know. Either below by Email or via Twitter or Facebook.

Tim
Modern Seoul
tim@modernseoul.org

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