Earthquake reported near North Korea nuclear test site, possibly man-made

An earthquake that appears to have been man-made near a known nuclear testing site in North Korea was detected by several monitoring agencies on Wednesday.

Earthquake reported near North Korea nuclear test site, possibly man-made
North Koreans gather at Kim Il Sung Square, following their leader Kim Jong Un's new year address in Pyongyang, North Korea, on January 05, 2016.

Seoul: An earthquake that appears to have been man-made near a known nuclear testing site in North Korea was detected by several monitoring agencies on Wednesday.

The United States Geological Service reported a 5.1 magnitude quake that South Korea said was 49 kms (30 miles) from the Punggye-ri site where the North has conducted nuclear tests in the past.

"We suspect a man-made earthquake and are analysing the scale and epicentre of the quake with the geoscience and mineral resource institute of South Korea," a Korea Meteorological Administration official told Reuters by phone.

 

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. You can find out more by clicking this link

Close