Tremors detected in North Korea raising fears of another nuclear test

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"Our analysis shows that it was a natural quake".

South Korea suspended humanitarian aid to North Korea after the country conducted its fourth nuclear test in January 2016.

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"It could be a natural quake that really was man-made as the nuclear test would have transferred a lot of stress", he said.

Two South Korean officials at the Korea Meteorological Administration told CNN that their analysis so far suggests Saturday's seismic activity around the nuclear site was not caused by an explosion or a collapse of the site. She spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules. The larger one had a 3.4 magnitude, the group's initial assessment found, which is much smaller than anything declared as a nuclear test in previous years. The quake was centred near North Korea's nuclear test site.

China time and had a depth of zero meters, the China Earthquake Networks Center said in a statement, adding it was a suspected blast.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that it detected a magnitude 3.5 quake in the area of previous North Korean nuclear tests, but that it was unable to confirm whether the event was natural.

North Korea has been maintaining a torrid pace in nuclear and weapons tests as it accelerates its pursuit of nuclear weapons that could viably target the United States and its allies in Asia. But given Kim Jong-un's bellicose and bombastic speech at the United Nations, it is just as likely that Kim took the opportunity to spit in the eye of President Trump to test another weapon. In two July flight tests, those missiles showed potential capability to reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected.

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