Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Quake off North Korea not result of nuclear test: Pentagon

Quake off North Korea not result of nuclear test: Pentagon

An undersea natural disaster off the coast of North Korea was not caused by a nuclear test, the South's media reported.

The tremor occurred at 4:18 a.m.

"It occurred at 500km below the seabed", he told Yonhap news agency.

The quake occurred 186 kilometers away from the Chongjin port, located in the northern part of the North Korea.

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The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center reported Thursday's quake to be of magnitude 5.9. "It's a natural quake", John Bellini, USGS National quake Information Center geophysicist, was quoted by local news agency Yonhap. South Korean officials detected an "artificial earthquake" near North Korea's main nuclear test site Wednesday, a strong indication that nuclear-armed Pyongyang had conducted its fourth atomic test.

Ultimately, the communist nation aims to build an ICBM capable of hitting the continental USA with a nuclear warhead fitted on top. All of North Korea's underground nuclear tests have been conducted on land. North Korean time, 537 kilometers below the seabed and 193 kilometers southeast of Rajin, northeastern North Korea, the center said.

Japan's meteorological agency reported a 6.3-magnitude quake, but did not issue a tsunami warning.

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