Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fears of new nuclear test in North Korea after earthquake is detected near test site

earthquake is detected near test site
A small earthquake has been detected in North Korea where previous nuclear tests have been carried out.

The United States Geological Survey said a 2.9 magnitude quake with a depth of 5km was recorded 23km north-east of Sungjibaegam.

The area is has been used previously by the country to carry out nuclear drills which have resulted in subsequent tremors.

A statement on the US Geological Survey website reads: "This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean Nuclear tests.

"The event has earthquake like characteristics, however, we cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event."

  • Magnitude mb 2.9

Date time 2017-10-12 16:41:08.5 UTC
Location 41.38 N ; 129.01 E

  • Depth 5 km

 340 km SE of Jilin, China / pop: 1,882,000 / local time: 00:41:08.5 2017-10-13
79 km SW of Ch’ŏngjin, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of / pop: 327,000 / local time: 01:11:08.5 2017-10-13
23 km NE of Sŭngjibaegam, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of / pop: 11,800 / local time: 01:11:08.5 2017-10-13

1 comment :

  1. A series of tremors and landslides near North Korea’s nuclear test base likely mean the country’s sixth and largest blast has destabilized 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 on Friday 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 Sept. 3 nuclear test, which caused a 6.3 magnitude earthquake.

    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. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the quake at 2.9 magnitude at a depth of 5 km.


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