A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck near a test site in North Korea, sparking fears the regime has launched its sixth nuclear test.
China’s earthquake administration said it detected the quake in northeastern North Korea and described it as a ‘suspected explosion’, according to Reuters.
The depth was recorded as zero meters deep. Yonhap, South Korea’s official news agency, reports the quake struck in Kilju county where North Korea’s nuclear test site Punggyeri is located.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says the quake was artificial and it’s analyzing whether the North conducted a nuclear test.
It says it detected a seismic wave from 12.34pm to 12.36pm Sunday around Punggyeri.
North Korea conducted its fifth test last September – which also caused a massive earthquake.
Just hours earlier, the country claimed it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that has ‘great destructive power’.
Photos released on Saturday show the country’s leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a hydrogen bomb that will be loaded on a new intercontinental ballistic missile.
The hydrogen bomb’s power is adjustable and can be detonated at high altitudes. The regime claims it can build as many of the nuclear weapons as it wishes.
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