13 Oct '17, 2am

Earthquake hits North Korea near nuclear test site

SEOUL: A shallow 2.9-magnitude earthquake struck near North Korea's nuclear test site before dawn on Friday (Oct 13), weeks after Pyongyang's biggest detonation, but South Korean experts said the tremor did not appear to be man-made. The tremor hit at 1.41am (12.41am, Singapore time) with a depth of around 5km, the US Geological Survey said, with the epicentre located north of the Punggye-Ri testing site. "This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean nuclear tests. The event has earthquake-like characteristics, however, we cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event," the US agency said. But the Korea Meteorological Administration in the South said on its website that "analysis shows it was a natural quake". "It is believed to have caused no damage," it added. It came three weeks after a 3.5-magnitude earthquake ...

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