2.6 magnitude quake hits South Korea’s southeastern region

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (BNA) – A 2.6-magnitude earthquake hit the southeastern region of South Korea Thursday afternoon, the official meteorological agency said.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that the quake occurred 14 kilometers south of Changnyeong, 350 kilometers southeast of Seoul, at 12:02 p.m.

It is the sixth most powerful earthquake to hit the Korean peninsula so far this year.

The epicenter was at 35.42 degrees north latitude and 128.49 east longitude, at a depth of 16 km.

The quake quake was recorded at level 4 on the seismic intensity scale in South Gyeongsang Province, where the epicenter is. Level 4 means many people can feel a tremor indoors while windows and kitchen utensils are scattered.

Southwest Jeolla Province and the southeastern cities of Busan and Daegu, as well as North Gyeongsang Province, reported a level 2 tremor, which can only be felt in tall buildings or silent environments.

The KMA asked people to be aware of their safety as the earthquake could be felt in areas close to the epicenter.

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