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(2nd LD) Quake detected in N. Korea presumed to be natural: S. Korean agency

All Headlines 19:35 September 23, 2017

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SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) -- A 3.0 magnitude earthquake detected near North Korea's nuclear test site Saturday is presumed to have been a natural quake, South Korea's weather agency said.

The tremor occurred at 5:29 p.m. in Kilju in North Hamgyeong Province, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

"The quake is presumed to have occurred naturally," an agency official said. "A sound wave, which is usually generated in the event of an artificial earthquake, was not detected."

Japan's Kyodo News earlier reported that a 3.4 magnitude earthquake was detected at a depth of zero kilometers near the North's nuke test site, citing China's quake agency.

It said that it was thought to be an artificial quake caused by a "suspected explosion."

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test Sept. 3. It claimed that it had detonated a hydrogen bomb for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to take the "highest-level" action in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the North over its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said later in New York that Pyongyang may consider its most powerful test of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

China announced Saturday that it will limit exports of petroleum products to North Korea starting in October to implement the latest U.N. sanctions over Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test.

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