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North Korea shaken by strong tremor, with South’s officials reportedly saying it could be a nuclear test
North Korea was shaken by strong tremor on Sunday, with the South’s officials reportedly saying it could be a nuclear test
North Korea was struck by a strong tremor on Sunday, with the South’s officials reportedly saying it could be due to a nuclear test.
The USGS reported the tremor as a 5.6 magnitude, while China’s earthquake administration said it detected a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Northeastern North Korea, calling it a “suspected explosion,” Reuters reported.
The report cited the USGS as saying the tremor occurred at around 12 noon North Korea time.
South Korea’s Blue House, the country’s equivalent of the White House, said that the North may conducted another nuclear test, its sixth, the South’s official news agency Yonhap reported.
The South’s President Moon Jae-in has called a National Security Council meeting, Yonhap reported.
The depth of the quake was recorded as zero kilometers, the China earthquake administration said, according to Reuters.
Previous tremors in the reclusive country have been caused by nuclear tests. The wave form signal for an explosion and an earthquake are different, allowing geologists to distinguish a man-made tremor.
A South Korean military official told NBC News that the quake was artificial, while Yonhap reported the military said the tremor was located near the North’s nuclear test site.
The potential nuclear test followed North Korea saying on Sunday that it had developed a more advanced thermonuclear weapon of “great destructive power,” which it would load onto an intercontinental ballistic missile, Reuters reported.
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