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Gov't says liquefaction in quake-stricken Pohang not worrisome

All Headlines 10:53 December 01, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- The government said Friday that liquefaction in the earthquake-stricken southeastern city of Pohang is "not at a worrisome level," amid growing concerns about its impact on the safety of local residents.

Announcing the analysis of soil in five locations in Pohang, the Ministry of Interior and Safety said that the liquefaction was caused by the Nov. 15 earthquake, and that only one of them showed "high-level" liquefaction.

Liquefaction is a phenomenon whereby saturated soil significantly loses strength due to stress, such as from an earthquake.

Since Nov. 19, the government's joint investigation team has been conducting the analysis following 17 reports about liquefaction.

The city, 370 kilometers from Seoul, was hit by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that forced thousands of people to leave their homes and caused dozens of injuries.

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