Big clear-up af­ter strong earth­quake

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SOUTH Korea cleared up yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing struck by its most pow­er­ful earth­quake since records be­gan.

The 5.4 mag­ni­tude quake late on Septem­ber 12 sent peo­ple scur­ry­ing from build­ings, un­used to the kind of seis­mic events that reg­u­larly shake neigh­bour­ing Ja­pan.

Seis­mol­o­gists said the quake was a nat­u­ral ge­o­log­i­cal phe­nom­e­non, and un­re­lated to the “ar­ti­fi­cial earth­quake” caused last week when North Korea car­ried out an un­der­ground nu­clear test.

There were no re­ported deaths, but six peo­ple suf­fered mi­nor in­juries af­ter be­ing hit by fall­ing ob­jects, the Min­istry of Pub­lic Safety and Se­cu­rity re­ported.

South Korea’s lively social me­dia was flooded with im­ages of shat­tered store­front win­dows and peo­ple flee­ing apart­ments in panic, some with chil­dren in their arms.

Kakaotalk, the coun­try’s largest mo­bile app, which is used by 40 mil­lion peo­ple, par­tially went down, the com­pany said, as users rushed to ex­change mes­sages in the af­ter­math of the quake. –

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