VIDEO: Watch Moment of 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hitting South Korea

Mon Sep 12, 2016 19:17:58

Two strong earthquakes jolted an historic city in south-eastern South Korea on Monday, but there were no reports of serious injuries or damage, officials said.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said the quakes measured magnitude 5.1 and 5.8 and were centered near Gyeongju city.

It said the magnitude-5.8 quake was the largest ever recorded in South Korea.

Local television showed children hiding under a dinner table and goods falling off the shelves at a supermarket.

Officials said two people received minor injuries, but gave no further details.

Amateur video obtained by The Associated Press showed household fixtures and appliances - including chandeliers and air conditioning units - shaking as a result of the quake.

The footage has been verified by regional Associated Press journalists familiar with the depicted locations.

South Korea experiences relatively little seismic activity, unlike neighboring Japan, which has frequent major quakes.

Gyeongju was the capital of one of the Korean Peninsula's ancient kingdoms and is now a popular tourist destination.

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