Tremor detected near North Korean nuclear test site
Tremor detected near North Korean nuclear test site
Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated
24 September, 2017, 02:18
Numerous scientific agencies on both sides of the Pacific detected an quake Saturday near the site where North Korea set off a hydrogen bomb earlier this month, at first prompting speculation of another weapons test, before a consensus appeared to emerge that the tremor was a natural occurrence.
The epicentre is roughly the same as that of a previous shallow quake on September 3, which turned out to be caused by a North Korean nuclear test, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Later, China's Earthquake Administration revised its estimation, saying the quake was not a nuclear detonation, according to Reuters. The president's office did add that "analysis is still ongoing so we will keep you posted".
The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) said the tremors were unlikely to have been man-made, following initial concerns Pyongyang had carried out further weapons tests.
Nuclear proliferation watchdog CTBTO is examining unusual seismic activity in North Korea that took place around 50 km (31 miles) from previous nuclear testing in the isolated country, it said on Saturday.
Seismic activity in North Korea could be a missile test. On Thursday, the US unveiled its own set of economic sanctions targeting North Korea.
The natural disaster is reported to have occurred near a nuclear test site and previous quakes have occurred during weapons' tests.
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China's Earthquake Administration said the quake was not a nuclear explosion and had the characteristics of a natural tremor. USA nuclear weapons were withdrawn from the Korean peninsula in the early 1990s at the close of the Cold War.
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