Natural disaster hits North Korea near nuclear test site

Frederick Owens
October 14, 2017

However, the South Korean experts have said that the tremor did not appear to be man-made.

"The event has quake like characteristics, however, we can not conclusively confirm at this time the nature of the event".

On Friday, China's General Administration of Customs announced that China's imports from North Korea fell 37.9 per cent in September, the seventh successive monthly decline.

The series of quakes have prompted experts and observers to suspect the latest tests, which North Korea claimed to be a hydrogen bomb, allowing destruction at the mountainous site at the northwestern tip of the country, where all six North Korean nuclear tests were conducted. "It is believed to have caused no damage", it added.

The watchdog group 38 North reported the quake was likely due to a major landslide caused by the September 3 nuclear test.

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And now the latest quake to hit the region suggesting the detonations have dramatically destabilised the area. Following the tremor, the United Nations Security Council had unanimously adopted tough new sanctions against Pyongyang.

The epicenter of the seismic event is located approximately 25 km away from Sungjibaegam, a town close to the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, at the depth of five kilometers.

China's total trade with North Korea between January and September rose 3.7% to US$4.03 billion, with the growth rate declining from 7.5% over the first eight months of the year.

According to 38 North, a Washington-based project which monitors North Korea, numerous landslides throughout the nuclear test site have been detected via satellite images after the sixth test.

In response to Trump's speech, Kim rebuked him, calling Trump "mentally deranged" and threatened the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history".

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