Quake in North Korea prompts nuclear test fears

Quake in North Korea prompts nuclear test fears

Today, the USA reported a relatively weak quake at the same area as North Korea's previous nuclear tests. "The event has earthquake-like characteristics, however, we can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event", the USGS said in a brief statement.

Including the latest quake, 114 earthquakes with magnitude of two or greater were recorded on the Korean Peninsula this year.

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It was the latest in a string of aftershocks following North Korea's sixth nuclear test on September 3, which caused a 6.3 magnitude natural disaster, according to the USGS. "The event has quake like characteristics, however, we can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event".

The China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said the event may have been caused by an artificial explosion, but the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo said the quake was unlikely to be manmade. In July, North Korea carried out two tests of ballistic missiles, and on August 29 and September 15 it launched two missiles, which flew over Japan's territory.

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Kim's last nuclear test on September 3 caused a much larger natural disaster, recording at 6.3 on the Richter scale.

Ri Man-gon, supervisor of the department for the nuclear and missile development, and Kim Rak-gyom, the head of the strategic rocket forces, were absent from a mass rally in Pyongyang as well as a celebration for the anniversary of the Worker's Party of Korea.

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In September, Trump told the United Nations that the U.S. would "totally destroy North Korea" if there was war.

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