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China says small North Korean quake 'suspected explosion'

Earthquake was detected in Kilju county in North Hamgyong Province, where North Korea's known Punggyeri nuclear site is located

Ben Blanchard & Heekyong Yang | Reuters  |  Beijing/Seoul 

China said a magnitude 3.4 earthquake detected in North Korea on Saturday was a “suspected explosion”, raising fears the isolated state had conducted another nuclear bomb test just weeks after its last one. An official at South Korea’s meteorological agency said they were analysing the tremor, which they put at magnitude 3.0, but the initial view was that it was a natural quake. “A key method is to look at the seismic waves or seismic acoustic waves and the latter can be detected in the case of a manmade earthquake,” said the official, who asked ...

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First Published: Sat, September 23 2017. 22:07 IST