I woke up before dawn today because I thought there was an earthquake. I didn’t go back to sleep and check the news but there was nothing. It was around 5:15 that I saw some info about an earthquake in Korea that happened at the same time when I woke up at 4:48 AM. The epicenter of the 5.1 quake is at the West Sea ~ about 100 kilometers from Taean. It lasted less than ten seconds, but enough to shook me up. Goodness! I’m quite sensitive when it comes to quakes ~ probably because of my experience with the 1990 earthquake and the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption.
The 5.1 earthquake was felt at intensity 3 in Incheon and Seoul. It is ninth and the strongest earthquake that has happened this year. We get about 40 earthquakes of intensity 2-4 a year in the country but most of them are not felt.
The earthquake in Korea on April 1st is the fourth strongest that happened in the country from 1978. The strongest was in 1980 at intensity 5.3
There were no damage nor casualties reported because of today’s earthquake. However, people are asking whether it is related to the announcement made by North Korea yesterday on their new form of nuclear test.