Small quake rat­tles N. Korea nu­clear test­ing grounds, not man­made

Manila Bulletin - - World News -

SEOUL (Reuters) - A small earth­quake rat­tled the area near North Korea’s nu­clear test­ing field but it did not ap­pear to be man­made, South Korea’s weather agency said on Fri­day, the lat­est to be ob­served af­ter the North con­ducted its sixth and big­gest nu­clear test in early Septem­ber.

Fri­day’s quake was a mag­ni­tude 2.7 with a depth of 3 km in North Ham­gy­ong Prov­ince in North Korea, the Korea Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion said, near the Pung­gye-ri nu­clear test­ing site.

The United States Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey (USGS) mea­sured the quake at 2.9 mag­ni­tude with a depth of 5 km and added it could not con­clu­sively con­firm its na­ture.

It was the lat­est in a string of af­ter­shocks fol­low­ing North Korea’s sixth nu­clear test on Sept. 3, which caused a 6.3 mag­ni­tude earth­quake, ac­cord­ing to the USGS. Th­ese have prompted ex­perts and ob­servers to sus­pect the last test may have desta­bi­lized the moun­tain­ous lo­ca­tion.

All six nu­clear tests have been car­ried out in this lo­ca­tion in the north­west tip of the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to 38 North, a Wash­ing­ton-based project which mon­i­tors North Korea, nu­mer­ous land­slides through­out the nu­clear test site have been de­tected via satel­lite im­ages af­ter the sixth test.

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