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South Korea quake leaves dozens injured, 1,500 seeking shelter

SEOUL: More than 50 people were injured and 1,500 taken to shelters in South Korea after aárare 5.4-magnitude quakeáhit the southeastern port of Pohang on Wednesday, officials said Thursday.
A rare earthquake that struck South Korea was the second-strongest on record, authorities said.
In an unprecedented step, the education ministry has postponed the nationwide college entrance exam which had been scheduled for Thursday.
South Korean news agency Yonhap said it was the first time a natural disaster had forced a rescheduling of the crucial exam which students and parents spend months preparing for.
South Korea rarely experiences tremors, but seismic activity is very closely monitored because a spike is often the first sign that North Korea has carried out a nuclear test.
Last year, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit the nearby city of Geongju, but the damage from Wednesday’s quake has been more severe.
More than 1,000 buildings, homes and vehicles have been destroyed or damaged.

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