Pyongyang, Sept 3: An artificial earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, according to the US Geological Survey, was detected in the country’s northeast, not far from the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. The Korea Meteorological Administration initially put the scale of the earthquake at magnitude 5.7 and said that the seismic wave was recorded at 12:36 pm. The tremors were at least 10 times more powerful than the fifth test conducted last September, which caused a 6.3 magnitude quake, according to Japanese officials. Lassi Zerbo, the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, said that more than 34 stations picked up the seismic activity from the blast. Tremors could be felt as far as Vladivostok, Russia, one resident told CNN.
Tremor detected in North Korea after nuclear test
South Korea and Japan are gathering and alysing data to confirm details of the test, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said could not be tolerated. “If North Korea did indeed conduct a nuclear test, we absolutely cannot tolerate and must protest firmly. We will convene a tiol Security council meeting to gather and alyse the information,” CNN quoted Abe as saying. (IANS)