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5.1 magnitude earthquake hit North Korea

Earthquake jolts KP | TheNewsTribe.com

PYONGYANG: A high intensity earthquake of 5.1 magnitude has been felt on Wednesday in sites near to North Korea’s nuclear test facilities, TheNewsTribe.com learnt from international media.

Huge tremor near North Korea’s nuclear test facilities is suspected to be an explosion, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency has reported.

The website of the China Earthquake Network Centre also described it as a “suspected explosion”.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) put the tremor at magnitude 5.1, at a depth of 10 kilometres, with its epicentre 19 kilometres east-north-east of Sungjibaegam  placing it right next to the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

The North has conducted three nuclear tests, all at the Punggye-ri site, in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

The South Korean defence ministry said it was looking into the reports, while Yonhap said Foreign Minister Yun Byng-Se had convened an emergency meeting.

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