Reports of North Korean tremor could be nuclear test

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Guam Homeland Security is monitoring reports of a magnitude 3.5 earthquake in North Korea near the cite of a prior nuclear test. It’s not clear whether the quake is the result of a nuclear test or natural. Guam’s threat level remains the same.

Guam – The office of Guam Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense are closely monitoring reports of a tremor recorded in North Korea near the area where officials believe that the DPRK has been testing nuclear weapons.

According to a release from Guam Homeland Security the U.S. Geological Survey detected a magnitude 3.5 earthquake in North Korea at around 6:29pm on Saturday.

According to China’s official Xinhua news agency the epicentre was in roughly the same place as a similar shallow earthquake on September 3, which turned out to be caused by North Korea’s largest nuclear test.

On Friday CNN reported that Kim’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York that Pyongyang could launch a nuclear missile test in response to Trumps threat to “totally destroy” North Korea during his speech at the United Nations earlier this week. “This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean. Regarding which measures to take, I don’t really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does,” said Ri.

It’s not clear yet whether this was a natural earthquake or the result of a nuclear test. The threat level on Guam remains the same.

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For Immediate Release
September 23, 2017

GHS/OCD Closely Monitor Reports of Tremor Recorded from North Korea

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), and our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea. There is a recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey of a magnitude 3.5 earthquake that occurred 22km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea around 6:29 p.m. ChST.

China’s official Xinhua news agency said the epicentre was in roughly the same place as a similar shallow earthquake on September 3, which turned out to be caused by North Korea’s largest nuclear test.

There is no confirmed evidence provided at this time, whether there was an actual test explosion out of North Korea or a natural earthquake. GHS/OCD with MRFC and federal and military partners, will continue to monitor the situation. There are no known immediate threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time. The threat level remains the same.