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Pohang quakes damage some 2,000 houses, 227 schools

By Yonhap

Published : Nov. 19, 2017 - 10:22

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Some 2,000 houses have been damaged by a series of earthquakes as strong as 5.4 magnitude that hit the southeastern city of Pohang last week, the Ministry of Interior and Safety said Sunday.

According to the ministry's National Disaster and Safety Control Center, 2,165 private properties have been reported to have been affected as of 5 a.m. Sunday by the earthquakes, of which 1,988 are private houses.

The most frequent damage was done to roofs, with 1,789 cases being filed. The number of houses almost destroyed stood at 52, while those seriously damaged was 157. Ninety shops and 77 factories have been damaged.

The country's second strongest tremor and a series of aftershocks that hit the port city starting Wednesday have left 498 public properties destroyed.

A total of 227 schools, including 107 in Pohang, 44 in Ulsan and 26 in Daegu, sustained cracks in their walls. Of the 227 schools, 110 were elementary schools, followed by 54 middle schools and 52 high schools.

Other damaged buildings include 79 public offices and parks, 23 port facilities and seven roads.

So far 82 people have been treated for injuries at hospitals. Of them, 15 are hospitalized.

A total of 1,124 people have been displaced and are living in 11 temporary shelters.

Nearly 20,000 people have been mobilized for restoration works, and more than 80 percent of the 2,663 damaged properties have been restored, the center said. (Yonhap)

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