Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Seismic activity may indicate North Korea nuclear test
SEOUL (Reuters) - Seismic activity has been detected in North Korea with an earthquake measuring 4.9 magnitude registered by the U.S. Geological Survey, in a move that South Korea said indicated that Pyongyang had carried out a third nuclear test.
The quake occurred at 11:57 a.m Korean time (2:57 a.m. British time) and South Korea's presidential office said that it was "likely" a nuclear test, according to the South's Yonhap news agency
North Korea is not prone to seismic activity.
The USGS said the epicentre of the quake, which was only one km deep, was close to the North's known nuclear test site.
The reclusive and isolated state, which is banned under United Nations Security Council resolutions from developing nuclear and missile technology, did not issue a statement and it was impossible to verify that it was a nuclear test.
(Corrects time of seismic activity in second paragraph)
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