Quake sparks fears that North Korea has carried out another nuclear test

Trump, Tillerson at odds but both right

Trump, Tillerson at odds but both right

A 2.7 magnitude quake was detected Friday near a nuclear test site in North Korea, which the Korean weather authorities assessed to be natural. However, the South Korean experts have said that the tremor did not appear to be man-made.

Meanwhile, the South Korea Meteorological Administration posted on its official website that "analysis shows it was a natural quake".

The US Geological Survey assessed it to be of 2.9 magnitude, originating 23 kilometers northeast of Sungjibaegam, Ryanggang Province, in North Korea. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the quake at 2.9 magnitude at a depth of 3.1 miles. However, since the September 3 underground nuke test, it has seen two other quakes of magnitude 2.6 and 3.2.

Speculation that North Korea has carried a nuclear test has followed a seismic event in an area where previous tests had taken place.

It was centred very close to North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, which previous weapons tests have been detected at through the earthquakes they generate. "I think the Punggye-ri region is now pretty saturated".

Prior to North Korea's nuclear test in early September, the DPRK previously conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009, 2013, and two in 2016, with explosive yields of less than one kiloton, 2-4 kilotons, 6-9 kilotons, 7-10 kilotons, and 20-30 kilotons, respectively.

And now the latest natural disaster to hit the region suggesting the detonations have dramatically destabilised the area.

"The reason why Punggye-ri has become North Korea's nuclear testing field is because this area was considered stable and rarely saw tremors in the past", said Hong Tae-kyung, a professor of earth system science at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Another issue that could keep North Korea from using Punggye-ri for nuclear tests is the nearby active volcano of Mt. Paektu, according to Hong.

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