North Korea earth­quake linked to nu­clear test

Gulf News - - WORLD -

Aseries of tre­mors and land­slides near North Korea’s nu­clear test base likely mean the coun­try’s sixth and largest blast has desta­bilised the re­gion, and the Pung­gye-ri nu­clear site may not be used for much longer to test nu­clear weapons, ex­perts say.

A small quake was de­tected early yes­ter­day near the North’s nu­clear test site, South Korea’s weather agency said, but un­like quakes associated with nu­clear tests, it did not ap­pear to be man­made. The tremor was the lat­est in a string of at least three shocks to be ob­served since Py­ongyang’s Septem­ber 3 nu­clear test, which caused a 6.3 mag­ni­tude earth­quake.

The quake was a mag­ni­tude 2.7 with a depth of 3km in North Ham­gy­ong Prov­ince in North Korea, the Korea Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion said. The United States Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey (USGS) mea­sured the quake at 2.9 mag­ni­tude at a depth of 5km.

The se­ries of quakes has prompted ex­perts and ob­servers to sus­pect the last test may have dam­aged the moun­tain­ous lo­ca­tion in the north­west tip of the coun­try, where all six nu­clear tests were con­ducted.

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