Quake rocks North Korea but experts say ‘not caused by nuclear test’
An earthquake measuring 5.9 earthquake off the coast of North Korea shook observers of the country’s weapons development on Thursday, but experts say that this was not caused by a nuclear test.
Analysts said North Korea should carry out another atomic explosion test to perfect a nuclear-capable missile capable of reaching the continental United States.
On July 4, the Pyongyang test launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile. 4. The five previous nuclear tests of North Korea caused artificial earthquakes.
First, the earthquake took its epicenter far from the coast and deep, while the nuclear tests taken from North Korea carried out on the ground.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake was 187km southeast of the northern port city of Chongjin. The epicenter was 559 km below the seabed.
Cho Ik-hyun in South Korea’s meteorological agency said that the depth shows that it was a natural event, too deep for a possible nuclear explosion.
Natural earthquakes create different seismic patterns from those caused by humans. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said there were no indications that North Korea had conducted a nuclear test.
Cho said that an earthquake of more than 70 km would normally cause little damage to the surface. Even if a boat sailed at the epicenter at the time of the earthquake, he did not notice, Cho said.
Earthquakes are rare in the Korean peninsula, unlike in neighboring Japan. Two earthquakes of 5.1 and 5.8 shook southeast South Korea on September 12, causing no accidents.