North Korea quakes 'may be test aftershocks'

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 24, 2017

A magnitude 3.5 quake was recorded in North Korea Saturday evening, and officials were trying to determine whether it was a natural tremor or a nuclear blast.

The locations are around 50 kilometers away (more than 30 miles) from the site of previous nuclear tests, the group said.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said the country's seismic service detected a magnitude 3.4 quake in North Korea and saw the likely cause as an explosion. "The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) is the sole organization in the U.S. federal government whose mission is to detect and report technical data from foreign nuclear explosions". "The September 3 event would've weakened the zone, which could still have further repercussions, such as radioisotopes coming through possible subsequent cracks which would allow scientists to assess what type of materials were used", said Lassina Zerbo, the group's executive secretary. The last test registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake.

Kim was responding to a speech by Trump at the United Nations General Assembly in which Trump said the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies.

All of North Korea's six nuclear tests registered as earthquakes of magnitude 4.3 or above.

North Korean soldiers chat as they stand guard behind national flags of China, front, and North Korea on a boat anchored along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, on June 10, 2013.

President Trump had also called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "a madman" who doesn't mind starving or killing his people'.

The site of the 3.4 tremor is close to where the regime claimed to have detonated a thermonuclear weapon on 3 September, in its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date. The depth of the natural disaster was 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).

The US Geological Survey measured a magnitude 3.5 quake 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea.

The remarks of the US President evoked sharp reaction from Jong-un.

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged USA dotard with fire", Jong-un was quoted as saying by state-run KCNA news agency.

Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to 2 million barrels per year and sales of liquefied natural gas banned outright, effective January 1, the Commerce Ministry said.

The sanctions would also ban imports of textiles from Pyongyang.

"Australia is a strong supporter of the Paris agreement, and here at the United Nations we have voiced our support specifically on risk mitigation for coral reefs, which are among the most valuable environments on our planet", the Foreign Minister said.

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