North Korea quake a suspected explosion; China seismologists
BEIJING : An earthquake in North Korea on Wednesday morning was a “suspected explosion” following fears of another nuclear test by Pyongyang, Chinese seismologists said.
The tremor registered inside North Korea was a suspected explosion, it gave the depth as zero kilometers and the magnitude as 4.9.
Officials in Seoul also said a 5.1 magnitude tremor was detected close to North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site on Wednesday.
The notice was similar to one given by China in 2013 following an earthquake in North Korea which turned out to have been caused by a nuclear test.
Beijing is a close ally of Pyongyang but relations have become more strained in recent years, in part because of the North’s persistence with its nuclear programme in the face of international condemnation.