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(LEAD) Quake detected near N.K. nuke test site: S. Korean military

All News 10:08 September 09, 2016

(ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES with more info throughout)

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- A magnitude 5 earthquake was detected near North Korea's nuclear site in its northeastern region on Friday, the South Korean military said, raising speculation that the North conducted a nuclear test.

"An artificial quake was detected near North Korea's Punggye-ri at around 9:30 a.m.," South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

A government source said there is a high possibility that Pyongyang conducted a nuclear test on the occasion of its 68th anniversary of the establishment of its regime.

In January, North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test after its previous tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

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