Big clear-up after strong earthquake
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. –