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South Korea Rattled by Rare 5.4-Magnitude Quake

Elementary school students, with schoolbags on their heads, take shelter on the ground during an earthquake drill at Songjung Elementary School in Seoul, South Korea, Sept. 23, 2016.

A rare earthquake of magnitude 5.4

rattled South Korea on Wednesday, its second most powerful quake on record, shaking buildings but causing no major damage or injuries.

The quake struck about 9 km (5 miles) north of the southeastern port city of Pohang, the Korea Meteorological Administration said in a news briefing.

Tremors were felt across the country but operations at nuclear reactors were not affected, the state-run nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co said in a statement.

South Korea has relatively little seismic activity, compared with Japan to the east.

Its strongest quake on record was magnitude 5.8 in September last year.