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(LEAD) M4.3 quake strikes off S. Korea's east coast

National 13:52 April 19, 2019

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SEOUL, April 19 (Yonhap) -- A 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the eastern city of Donghae on Friday, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

The temblor occurred at 11:16 a.m. in waters 54 kilometers northeast of the city. Residents of the region are believed to have felt the quake, though it resulted in no damage, the weather agency said.

South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said that no commercial atomic reactors or low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste were affected by the quake.

The epicenter of the quake is estimated to be 88.4 km away from the Hanul nuclear power plant in Uljin on the east coast.

The country currently operates 24 commercial reactors at four nuclear power plants across the country and one waste site in Gyeongju, 371 km southeast of Seoul.

"All systems were checked at the nuclear facilities and no irregularities have been detected," the safety commission said.

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