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South Korea reports ‘artificial earthquake’ near North Korea nuclear test site

Editor’s note: USGS detected a preliminary-magnitude 5.1 quake near Sungjibaegam, North Korea, at a depth of 6 miles.

The Punggye-ri nuclear test site is located in this area.

A massive tremor has been detected in North Korea, sparking concerns of the possibility it came from a fourth nuclear test by the North.

According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center, the U.S. Geological Survey and China’s state seismic center, the earthquake’s epicenter is in Yangang Province in the country’s northeast.

The large tremor is suspected to be an explosion, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency has reported.

“Further analysis is necessary to determine whether it is an artificial or a natural quake”, a spokesman for the Korea Meteorological Administration told AFP.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) watches a firing contest of the KPA artillery units at undisclosed location in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on January 5, 2016.

A website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, called 38 North, published the finding on Tuesday.

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