Quake off North Korea not result of nuclear test: Pentagon

Violet Powell
July 14, 2017

A magnitude 5.9 natural disaster off North Korea today jolted watchers of the country's weapons development but experts say it was not caused by a nuclear test.

The tremor occurred at 4:18 a.m.

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

The quake occurred 186 kilometers away from the Chongjin port, located in the northern part of the North Korea. "It's a natural quake", John Bellini, USGS National quake Information Center geophysicist, was quoted by local news agency Yonhap. It is widely expected to carry out more tests following its test-launch last week of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

People walk by a screen showing the news reporting about an quake near North Korea's nuclear facility, in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.

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The quake does not appear to have been caused by a nuclear test, Reuters quoted Pentagon spokesman Maj.

In Seoul, South Korean government agencies have challenged North Korea's claim of a "successful" Fourth of July ICBM test. There's no way it was caused by a nuclear test.

Analysts say North Korea needs to conduct another atomic test explosion to flawless a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the continental US.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued no alerts as a result of the quake.

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