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2.6 magnitude natural quake hits N. Korea's northeastern region: KMA

All News 08:28 November 17, 2020

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) -- A 2.6 magnitude natural earthquake struck North Korea's northeastern region early Tuesday, South Korea's state weather agency said.

The quake was detected around 3:10 a.m., 38 kilometers northwest of Kilju, North Hamgyong Province, and 8 km away from the site of North Korea's sixth nuclear test in 2017, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

"This area used to be solid terrain without the occurrence of earthquakes, but there have been frequent natural earthquakes since the nuclear test," a KMA official said.

The quake posted a maximum of 1 on a seismic intensity scale, which means that most people would not have felt the tremor.

This image, provided by the Korea Meteorological Administration, shows the site of an earthquake that struck North Korea on Nov. 17, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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