Seismic activity detected in North Korea near nuclear testing site

Angelica Greene
Сентября 24, 2017

The nuclear test of September 3, the sixth and most powerful practiced by North Korea, had caused an quake of magnitude 6,3 felt up in China.

But the South Korean weather agency official said the analysis of seismic waves and the lack of sound waves clearly showed that the quake wasn't caused by an artificial explosion. Later, the China Earthquake Administration revised its estimation, saying the quake was not a nuclear detonation.

A USA government intelligence analyst said the events could have been a "mine-type" collapse of tunnels damaged by North Korea's previous nuclear test, but was more likely a small natural disaster.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it could not conclusively confirm whether the quake, which it measured at magnitude 3.5, was man-made or natural.

The quake was detected in an area around Kilju, in northeastern North Korea, just 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) northwest of where the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, according to an official from Seoul's Korea Meteorological Administration.

Saturday's seismic activity came on the same day China announced it would limit trade with the North, reducing its fuel exports to its neighbor and banning all textile imports.

On Thursday Trump announced new US sanctions that he said allows the targeting of companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.

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This quake comes at a time when tensions between North Korea and the United States about the nuclear program in north korea, are at their peak, fueled by a war of words between the north Korean leader Kim Jong-un and u.s. president Donald Trump.

North Korea's nuclear tests to date have all been underground, and experts say an atmospheric test, which would be the first since one by China in 1980, would be proof of the success of its weapons program.

So-called atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons were banned by the US, the then-Soviet Union and numerous world's nations in a 1963 treaty, though China conducted the last such test known worldwide in 1980.

In two July flight tests, those missiles showed potential capability to reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected.

Until now, the North has not tested its missiles and nuclear weapons together, opting instead to fire them separately - the missiles above ground and the nuclear weapons below.

Ri did not respond when asked by reporters whether North Korea had conducted a new nuclear test.

"Rocket Man should have been handled a long time ago", he continued amid cheers from the audience.

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