North Korea earthquake prompts fears of 'new' nuclear test by Kim Jong-un
The tremor followed an exchange of military fire between the Koreas the day before
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake located off the west coast of South Korea has occurred just days after North Korea threatened to conduct a “new form” of nuclear test, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has said.
The quake centered about 100 km north-west of the West Gyeongnyeolbi Archipelago, off Taean County, and was the third strongest in or around the Korean peninsula since official seismological records began in 1978.
On Sunday, North Korea warned it “would not rule out a new form of nuclear test for bolstering up our nuclear deterrence,” but did not give any further details on what this would entail, in response to United Nations Security Council's condemnation of the country’s recent ballistic missile launch.
The earthquake took place at a depth of nearly 16km (10 miles) in the sea west of the Korean peninsula, which did not immediately suggest North Korean nuclear testing was the cause, according to The Telegraph.
Meanwhile, an unmanned drone crashed on a South Korean island near a disputed maritime border with North Korea, a South Korean defence ministry official said on Tuesday, triggering an investigation into whether the aircraft was from the North.
The South Korean military was trying to verify where the drone had come from and what its purpose might have been, and was also looking into any possible link to North Korea's espionage operations, a military official told Reuters.
On Monday, North and South Korea fired artillery shells into each other's waters, forcing people on five South Korean islands on the frontline to evacuate their homes.
Early that morning, North Korea announced that it would conduct live-fire drills in seven areas north of the Yellow Sea boundary between the nations.
South Korea responded by returning fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.
- 1 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway in dense fog
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway in dense fog
George Clooney and Amal fail to get special treatment at New York restaurant
Cindy Crawford 'un-PhotoShopped' viral Marie Claire image was doctored, photographer claims
'A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy': The statement that shocked the world... except India
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a customer focused, pro...
£27000 - £33000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End Devel...
£15000 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Waterlooville based softwa...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Developer (C#, VB & ASP.Net, SQL Server, TSQL) - Pe...