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Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Magnitude-5.8 quake detected off N. Korea's east coast: US Geological Survey

Magnitude-5.8 quake detected off N. Korea's east coast: US Geological Survey

A magnitude-5.8 natural disaster that occurred off North Korea's east coast Thursday (local time) was not caused by a nuclear test, the US Geological Survey said.

The 5.9 magnitude quake struck about 190 kilometres (120 miles) south east of the reclusive state's third largest city, Chongjin, in the early hours today, according to the United States Geological Survey. North Korea's five previous nuclear tests caused signs of artificial quakes.

"It occurred at 500 kilometers (310 miles) below the seabed". There's no way it was caused by a nuclear test.

The tremor occurred 176 kilometers east-southeast of Hoemul-li, North Korea, at a depth of 537.6 km below the East Sea, it said on its website. John Bellini at USGS told Yonhap there is "no way it was caused by a nuclear test".

North Korea causes seismic events when it conducts underground nuclear bomb tests, but Dutton said there was nothing to indicate this quake was a man-made event.

Seoul's National Intelligence Service warned as recently as Tuesday that North Korea is ready to carry out a sixth nuclear test at any time. Some reports put the quake's magnitude at 5.8 and 6.

Japan's meteorological agency reported a 6.3-magnitude quake, but did not issue a tsunami warning.

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