Tremors detected in North Korea: China suspects ‘explosion’, S Korea however terms it quake

The tremors detected on Korean peninsula led to speculations

The tremors detected on Korean peninsula led to speculations that North finally did test its bomb as threatened. However, initial assessment of the quake differed widely, with the Chinese earthquake administration saying that it had detected a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea that was a “suspected explosion”. The administration said in a statement on its website that the quake, which occurred around 0830 GMT, was recorded a depth of zero kilometres. Previous quakes from North Korea have indicated nuclear tests by the reclusive state, the most recent earlier this month. Incidentally, today’s quake was centred near North Korea’s nuclear test site. South Korea’s weather agency, however, offered a different view. The agency said that while it was analyzing the nature of the quake, its initial view was that it was a natural earthquake.

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