Natural disaster recorded near North Korea's nuclear test site

Elias Hubbard
October 13, 2017

The US Geological Survey (USGS) detected a 2.9-magnitude natural disaster in area close to North Korea's nuclear test site on Thursday evening, but is now unable to explain the nature of the seismic event. According to the US Geological Survey, there isn't enough information to conclude the nature of the natural disaster yet. "The depth is poorly constrained and has been held to 5 km (3 miles) by the seismologist". "The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) is the sole organization in the US federal government whose mission is to detect and report technical data from foreign nuclear explosions".

It comes after a 6.1-magnitude magnitude quake last month, which Pyongyang claims was the result of hydrogen bomb test.

Including the latest quake, 114 earthquakes with magnitude of two or greater were recorded on the Korean Peninsula this year.

Later, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and UC Santa Cruz released a joint report that concluded that tunnels in the test site collapsed after the quake.

"It was the mountain collapsing into the cavity created by the explosion ... hundreds of meters below the surface, " Thorne Lay, a professor at UC Santa Cruz told the USA news outlet.

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

Tensions have soared in recent weeks following Pyongyang's nuclear test as US President Trump engages in an escalating war of words with the North's leader Kim Jong-un.

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