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No immediate damage done to cultural heritages in historic Gyeongju

By Yonhap
  • Published : Nov 15, 2017 - 17:22
  • Updated : Nov 15, 2017 - 17:22

The Cultural Heritage Administration said Wednesday that there is no immediate damage detected to historic buildings and artifacts in Gyeongju, a city adjacent to earthquake-struck Pohang.

A series of quakes as big as magnitude 5.4 hit the southeastern port city of Pohang on Wednesday afternoon. It was the second-biggest earthquake that hit South Korea in recent history. Last year, a magnitude 5.8 quake struck the historic city of Gyeongju and damaged many cultural assets there.

A cultural official checks Cheomseongdae, an astronomical observatory, in Gyeongju, some 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Sept. 20, 2016, one day after a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck the ancient city with no immediate casualties or serious damage. The temblor was an aftershock of two strong quakes, registering magnitudes of 5.8 and 5.1, respectively, which hit the city a week ago. (Yonhap)

The CHA said no cracks or damage were immediately spotted in the city's historic buildings such as the 1,300-year-old astronomical observatory Cheomseongdae and the Seokguram Grotto. It is still closely monitoring the cultural properties in the region.

The Gyeongju National Museum said the quake was measured to be magnitude 4.4 inside the museum, adding that there was no damage done to the artifacts. (Yonhap)