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Earthquake in North Korea prompts nuclear test fears

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An earthquake has been detected in North Korea near Kim Jong-un's underground nuclear test site. Photo: Getty
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An earthquake detected in North Korea has sparked fears of a new underground nuclear test.

The 2.9 magnitude earthquake was recorded yesterday near a site where dictator Kim Jong-un has conducted previous nuclear tests, according to an Evening Standard report.

It was detected 23 kilometres north-east of Sungjibaegam.

The US Geological Survey told the Standard in a statement:

“This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean Nuclear tests.

“The event has earthquake like characteristics, however, we cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event.”

Kim’s last nuclear test on September 3 caused a much larger earthquake, recording at 6.3 on the Richter scale.

It was described by North Korean officals as a “hydrogen bomb” and was widely condemned.

More to come.