Korea earthquake list (North and South)

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The list below shows the last earthquakes in Korea (North and South)

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: M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC – Korea time = UTC +8
SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON South Korea Jul 05 11:33 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Geoje - About 10 min ago two weak earthquakes for a short period of time (10 sec apart).
  • Busan - Light shaking, rattling items in fridge, building shaking.
  • Busan - I felt a small earthquake in Busan, Korea around 8:35pm local time. Nothing broke or moved inside my apartment, but the shaking was definitely noticed by my friends in the city as well.
  • Songdo - Very weak shaking. No damage, no outages
  • Daegu - 8th floor, large apartment complex.
  • Changwon-si, Masanhappo-gu - Felt moderate shake
  • Changwon-Si - No damage. Live on the 19th floor of an apartment building... shaking was strong enough to shake/vibrate our furniture for about 30 seconds.
  • Busan - ....................
  • Gumi - Bed shaking. Picture frame knocked over
  • Songtan - My couch swayed a little bit but nothing major
  • Waegwan - Rattled a heavy bell on my desk and shook the monitor noticeably
  • Busan - windows and door frame shook like a strong wind. No known damage.
  • Geoje-Si - 22nd floor - building slowly shaking left and right for around 20 seconds. Definitely felt the vibration...
  • busan - Shook the bed a little. Was just dozing off and the shaking woke me up, it's my first earthquake!
  • Ulsan - felt light shaking and small things moving.
  • Andong-si - Mild shaking of computer monitors and vibrations of chairs
  • Busan - I was first time after living here for 8 years.
  • Busan - 20th floor apartment shook some, sloshinh aquarium water around and freaking out pet. No damage. Elevator knocked out of commission in nearby building
  • Ulsan - Whole building shook. Scary.
  • Ulsan - Building shook for a few seconds. Friends around city also felt shaking.
  • Ulsan 중구 - House shaking
  • Ulsan 중구 - House shaking
  • Ulsan - Felt on the 19th floor of an apartment building. Steady shaking followed by a strong jolt. Jolt felt like a sudden drop and rise of the ground. Total shaking time around 20-30 seconds. No damage noticed inside. Hanging lights swinging. Strongest of the three earthquakes I have felt in Ulsan so far.
  • Daegu - 6th floor of 30+ FL Apt. Mild shaking rattled light fixture. felt light shake then more mild shake. ~7-8 sec. duration.
  • Ulsan - up down shaking with like a trembling sound that lasted for about 5 seconds
  • Daegu - 2nd floor apartment doors windows bed shaking
  • Ulsan - Building shook, wife speechless, wondered what was happening.
  • Gyeongju - Dog started to bark 2 seconds before the house started to shake. Noise, shaking but nothing broken
  • Waegwan - no damage that I am aware of yet..though I think I heard some old concrete crack. Was sitting in my cushioned desk chair and felt like I had just ridden a canoe over a couple small waves. A bit of disorientation at the feeling of it. Haven't felt one for over 40 years. Time on my computer said 8:34pm local time. Went out and found a couple other people that said they felt it too. So I wasn't crazy..
  • Daegu - About 2035, 5 Jul 16, I was on the throne and felt the whole toilet shake. Thought, bad place to be...
  • Gumi - Building shook for a few seconds
  • Busan - Apt building was shaking for about 20 seconds
  • Gyeongsan-Si - I just feel my sliding door shake. Heard a loud explosion. I thought a huge vehicle got into an accident outside my apartment.
  • Daegu - Pre-shock and shock felt, as of 2158, no aftershock felt. 2nd story of a 2 story BLDG built to USAF standards.
  • Gyeongsan - No property damage
  • Ulsan - intense shaking of bed for a brief period
  • Busan - We live on the 15th floor of a 23 floor apartment building. The shaking and moving was clearly felt and lasted about 10-15 seconds.
  • Daegu - On the third floor of an English academy right downtown. No students were present and I was staring straight ahead (long thin room with two long tables in a row) towards the door, thinking about some questions when the tables/room started shaking mildly in a circular motion. Very eerie!
  • Busan - In ground floor apartment. There was a distinct sideways jolt in the ground maybe 3 - 4 secs duration then you could hear the shock wave pass up through the building...sound/felt like a sinusoidal wave passing upwards through the building...
  • Daegu - items shaking around
  • Ulsan - First earthquake, 5th floor apartment shaking, windows rattling, light fittings swinging, glass of red wine not spilled. No visible damage to building.
  • Asan - Surprising, slightly disconcerting
  • Geoje - I felt it twice at around 20:32. 1st time for about 20 seconds, then 10 seconds break followed by approx 15 seconds of shaking (it felt that long). I was on my bed, 15th floor, vibrations on the bed was clearly noticeable. My 1st and pretty scary when you don't know what it is or how to react.
  • Dong Gu Ulsan - no damage, but quite frightening
  • Dong-gu Ulsan - Was out walking the dog at Daewangam Park, felt the ground swayed under my feet for a good 20 secs. First earthquake experience, quite scary
  • Daegu - noticed the bed and dresser shaking. only lasted about 10 seconds or so.
  • Ulsan - My mom was siting on the coach when she said it was moving after that a sound like a thounder or more like a chain falling on the lever abouve ... My mom told me and my Sister to go under the table.. My dad came saying the water in the toilet bowl was moving. We seached about it there was an eathquake 10 km under the Sea.. We live in 19 floor people living above us might have fealt it stronger.hope everyone reminded calm and was safe
  • Suncheon - I was watching a TV show on my bed and all of a sudden a felt a soft shaking.
  • Busan - About 5 seconds. No damage.
  • Jinhae - Shaking of building on 14th floor of apartment block
  • Gimcheon-si - About a one second shake
  • Ulsan - Light shaking of the floor for a few secs, no damages
  • Daejeon , Dae-Dong - Noticeable shaking of pictures. TV and computer monitor visibly vibrating.
  • Geoje - I was on the bed, I felt light shaking, around 20.33.
  • Changwon - light shaking
  • Busan - Apartment and furniture shook but nothing broke.
  • Busan - light shaking, contents of refrigerator shook, building visibly shaking.
  • Ulsan - Started off as a slight rumble, could feel it in my bum as I was sitting on the floor, thought it was the airplane overhead. However, shaking started to become really intense, doors, windows rattling loudly, felt like the building was creaking and moaning, as well as a slight swaying motion. Some things fell off the shelves and broke. Sat in the aftermath, like a new person.
  • Gyeongsan - Sitting in office chair. Felt the building shake for a couple of seconds.
  • Goseong-Gun - I was on the 2nd floor and I could feel the movement of swaying on my bed.
  • Daegu - Light shaking. Long enough that I knew it wasn't traffic, but nothing too exciting happened. Just my wall doo-dads shaking around a bit.
  • Busan - The Windows shook and rattled as if a strong wind was blowing. 5-10secs
  • USGS Ulsan, South Korea Jul 05 11:33 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC South Korea Jul 05 11:33 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Sungjibaegam, North Korea Jan 06 01:30 5.1 0 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON North Korea Jan 06 01:30 5.1 1 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC North Korea Jan 06 01:30 5.1 0 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Korea Dec 21 19:31 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Gunsan - no damage, security cameras were reset. I was woken up by a swaying of my building
  • Gunsan - shook my building
  • namyangju - I was sleeping and the shaking woke me up.
  • Gongju - The earthquake happened while i was asleep at the time 4:00am ish..., but the felt my bed and building shake for a good few seconds before it stopped. The shake did wake me from my sleep.
  • Seokgeun - Felt shaking for about 2 seconds and the door rattling. Got me out of bed to see what was wrong.
  • Buyeo, South Korea - The shaking woke me out of a dead sleep but there was no damage that I know of.
  • Gwangju - I was awake at 4.30am and felt like if someone had kicked the bed and the mattress slightly moving back and forward for about 3 seconds. I asked my wife -who was awake grading exams- but she felt nothing.
  • Kunsan - 430 am woke up to my building shaking. Only lasted a few seconds. Everyone else I spoke to at work woke up to the same thing.
  • Daejeon - No damage to anything as far as I know. I woke up a4:30 am and felt the shaking like someone was shake my bed but somehow I could tell the whole build was shaking. I also heard a low rumbling sound and things clinking together from the shaking.
  • USGS Yonmu, South Korea Dec 21 19:31 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON South Korea Dec 21 19:31 4.4 7 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ongjin, North Korea Mar 31 19:48 5.0 15 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Korea May 17 22:02 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Pyeongtaek - Felt a swaying sensation, wasn't sure what was going on until I heard my door rattle. Asked around and it was confirmed by a friend in the next building. Very first quake.
  • seoul - On tuesday, 1st of April,around 5 a.m, I felt the building and my bed were shaking about 10 seconds
  • EMSC China-russia-north Korea Border Apr 06 00:29 5.7 570 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC North Korea Feb 12 02:57 5.0 1 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON North Korea Feb 12 02:57 5.2 1 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS North Korea Feb 12 02:57 5.1 0 MAP I Felt It
    KMA Korea Feb 05 12:25 3.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Daegu, Korea - Hardly felt it, but others in the same street did.
  • Jangjeon, Busan - I thought it was a truck passing, but maybe felt a bit more distinct.
  • Daegu - Small earthquake that lasted very short time. Lasted for about half a second
  • Anjung-ri - I was lieng down on my bed in the bedroom and I felt the shaking. My wife was helping my daughter with her homework in the living room. I felt the shaking for about 2 minutes, I immediatelty got up to confirm that if what I was feeling was an earthquake with my family. They tell me they felt nothin, but of course they didn't because they had been doing homework on the floor.
  • Gyeongsan - Felt the floor shaking. I thought it was strange, I am on the 17th floor and have never felt it shake before. At the time, I wondered if it was an earthquake. Wind and storms have never created movement up here.
  • Gwangju - was in rolling chair at computer. felt like something had hit the building.
  • Yeosu - The shaking lasted about half a second. My bed shook, as if someone had been jumping on it.
  • Daegu, Korea - I thought it was small wind until this morning. Didnt bother me at all.
  • downtown Daegu - Light shaking in the building
  • andong - light shaking
  • Jinhae/Changwon - maybe one second of noticeable shaking
  • Daegu - First ever earthquake I felt, so I'm not sure if it was weak, light etc. Initially, I thought a car had hit my apartment block
  • Daegu - Thought the dog farted
  • Geochang - Loud bang followed by a few seconds of shaking and rumbling. It was a short event, like an explosion, not a long rolling one. I was surprised as I did not expect earthquakes in Korea.
  • daegu - This was my first quake. I felt the initial shake an dthen smaller quavers, and then it stopped.
  • Waegwan, South Korea - I was laying in bed, and the bed shook, I didnt really feel too much shaking and thought nothing of it until my roommate came in asking if I had felt that too.
  • Daegu, Songhyun Dong - A slight shaking of my 20 floor apartment building (felt on the 12th floor).
  • Taichung, Taiwan - I live on the third floor of a fourteen-story apartment building in Taichung, Taiwan. At 11:39am local time on February 2, 2013 (would still be February 1 everywhere else in the world, I guess), I was lying on my bed talking on the phone to my friend in California, when my walls and the building began to shake. Not strong enough to damage anything, but definitely felt.
  • Daegu - Was sitting working and my building felt like something just hit it from underground. Had a bit of a shake for 15-30seconds or so.
  • Jeongeup - Felt the table shaking lightly, at 7 th floor, and wandered what it was. the table movment was horizontal.
  • James Daniell CATDAT Republic Of Korea Jul 24 07:00 5.8 13 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Japan And Korea, Republic Of May 26 07:00 7.7 15 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT China, Korea, Republic Of Feb 04 08:00 7.0 16 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Russian Federation, Korea, Republic Of Apr 13 08:00 7.1 35 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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