Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Quake hits off North Korea but experts rule out nuke test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un celebrating the successful test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location on July 4 Quake hits off North Korea but experts rule out nuke test
Sherri Watson | 13 July, 2017, 10:57

Earlier today, North Korea threatened to turn the U.S. into a "pile of ash" if Donald Trump tries to use force to stop Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

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. "It's a natural quake".

The quake does not appear to have been caused by a nuclear test, a USGS official said.

Pentagon spokesman Jamie Davis said that the natural disaster off the coast of Korea was not caused by nuclear weapons tests, Reuters reports.

Cho said any quake deeper than 43 miles normally causes little damage on the surface.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no Pacific-wide tsunami threat from the quake.

USA officials have said the test would be the first of the THAAD system to defend against a simulated attack by an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).

An natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.7 struck off the town of Rabaul in the south Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.

Analysts say North Korea needs to conduct another atomic test explosion to flawless a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. South Korea's Defense Ministry said there was no indication that North Korea had carried out a nuclear test.