Minor Earthquake Detected from Area Near N. Korean Nuclear Site

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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.

The tremor hit at 01:41 AM (local time) with a depth of around five kilometres, the US Geological Survey said, with the epicentre located north of the Punggye-Ri testing site. According to the US Geological Survey, there isn't enough information to conclude the nature of the natural disaster yet.

It was the latest in a string of aftershocks following North Korea's sixth nuclear test on September 3, which caused a 6.3 magnitude quake, according to the USGS.

"It is believed to have caused no damage", it added.

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The magnitude of the test was much lower than the North's most recent nuclear test on September 2, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale.

The United States Geological Survey said a 2.9 magnitude quake with a depth of 5km had been recorded 23km north-east of Sungjibaegam on Thursday (12 October) which was used before for nuclear drills. In July, North Korea carried out two tests of ballistic missiles, and on August 29 and September 15 it launched two missiles, which flew over Japan's territory.

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