3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Central City of Gongju, Raises Alert Level: No Casualties or Damage Reported

DAEJEON, South Korea - A 3.4 magnitude earthquake shook the central city of Gongju on Wednesday night, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. The quake occurred at a depth of 12 kilometers and took place at 9:46 p.m., local time.

According to a news release by Yonhap News Agency, this event ranks as the fifth-strongest earthquake to affect the Korean Peninsula or its surrounding waters so far this year.

Fire authorities have received more than 380 reports concerning the earthquake, although no damage or casualties have been reported at this time.

In response to the tremor, the Interior Ministry has elevated the alert level to the third highest position on a scale of four, indicating heightened concern but no immediate threat.

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