By: Kyle James | 09-23-2017 | News
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Earthquake Originating In North Korea Is Suspected To Be Caused By Massive Explosion

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was shaken by an earthquake Saturday afternoon with many left wondering if the cause was natural or some kind of weapons test in North Korea. The China Earthquake Networks Center reported that the quake occurred Saturday afternoon with a depth of zero kilometers making it likely to have been caused by an explosion near the surface.

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The epicenter was pinpointed to be in Kilju county which also happens to be where DPRK's Punggye-ri nuclear test site is located. A similar reading was picked up by seismic monitors on September 3rd, this quake turned out to be a nuclear test conducted by North Korea. South Korea's Yonhap news agency argued that the country's weather agency believed it to be a "natural quake." No statement has been issued by either Korean governments or China's Foreign Ministry at this time but the quake comes on the heels of recent rising tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world after the latest round of U.N. sanctions.

Ri Yong Ho, North Korea’s Foreign Minister, is currently in New York for a United Nations meeting and warned last Thursday that Kim Jong Un could be considering a hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific of massive scale in the near future.

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Anonymous No. 8539 2017-09-23 : 11:45

Q: Another nuke demo or an After-quake from a previous test?


Only a mag 3.4 quake which occurred 30 miles from the usual nuclear test site, as USGS states.

Previous quakes caused by weapon tests were 5.8+Mag.

USGS seismologists figured a depth of 5km or 3.1 miles. Way too deep for a Nuke test in a Mountain rock based area.

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