5.3 seismic event in North Korea: quake or nuclear? South Korea convenes crisis team

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The USGS has detected a 5.3 seismic event near the China-North Korea border area near a North Korea nuclear site.

The explosion occurred 15 kilometers ENE of Sungjibaegam on September 9, 2016 at 00:30:01 UTC, North Korea’s Independence Day.

It is has not been determined if this was caused by an earthquake or if it was due to a nuclear explosion. So far, there has been no confirmation of a nuclear test.

If this seismic event is confirmed to be a nuclear test, it would be the fifth known test carried out by North Korea.

South Korea’s military has convened a crisis management team at Blue House for a National Security Council meeting at 0200 GMT with it’s prime minister presiding.

Information is currently being reviewed.