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.





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