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Earthquake Detected Near NK Nuclear Test Site; China “Suspects Explosion”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Sep 23 2017

In what may be the latest major escalation involving NK, and potentially the nation’s 7th nuclear test, China’s earthquake administration said it detected a magnitude 3.5 earthquake in NK which it suspects “was caused by an explosion”, raising fears that the rogue state has tested another nuclear bomb. The Chinese administration said in a statement on its website that the quake was recorded at a depth of 0 km, while Xinhua said the epicenter was in roughly the same place as a similar shallow earthquake on Sep 3, which turned out to be caused by NK’s sixth and largest nuclear test. However, in analyzing the same earthquake, SK came to a different conclusion, and said it was likely to be natural or man-made such as a nuclear test. SK’s weather agency assessed the seismic activity as a natural event. An agency official said, according to SK’s Yonhap

The quake is presumed to have occurred naturally. A sound wave, which is usually generated in the event of an artificial earthquake, was not detected.

Some boxtop told the Independent:

We use several methods to tell whether earthquakes are natural or manmade. A key method is to look at the seismic waves or seismic acoustic waves and the latter can be detected in the case of a manmade earthquake. In this case we saw none. So as of now we are categorizing this as a natural earthquake.

Furthermore, all of NK’s previous six nuclear tests registered as earthquakes of magnitude 3.9 or above. The last test on Sep 3 registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake. A secondary tremor detected after that test could have been caused by the collapse of a tunnel at the mountainous site, experts said at the time. Additionally, the USGS said that it detected a magnitude 3.5 quake in the area of previous NK nuclear tests, but that it was unable to confirm whether the event was natural. NK’s weakest nuclear test, its first, which it carried out in 2006, generated a magnitude 3.9 quake. As shown previously, satellite photos of the area after the Sep 3 quake showed numerous landslides that were apparently caused by the huge blast, which NK said was a hydrogen bomb. It is possible the tremor was linked to ongoing landslide activity. Nuclear proliferation watchdog CTBTO said on Saturday it had detected two seismic events in NK on Saturday, but they were probably not deliberate explosions. CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo said in a Twitter post.

Concerns about another NK test have been heightened ever since Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who is currently in New York for the UNGA, warned on Thursday that Kim could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale over the Pacific. Ri told reporters that a test of “the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb” was one possible “highest-level” action against Pindostan. But he said that he did not know exactly what his state’s exact plans were, and added:

We have no idea about what actions could be taken, as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong-un.

The quake comes amid heightened tensions around the Korean Peninsula, as NK has been maintaining a torrid pace in nuclear and weapons tests. The state said its recent nuclear test was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental ICBMs. In two July flight tests, those missiles showed potential capability to reach deep into the CONUS when perfected.

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