[size=30]The earthquake in North Korea was not the result of a nuclear test[/size]
Trend Press / Agencies
BEIJING (Reuters) - A 3.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the North Korean nuclear test site on Saturday did not result in a new nuclear test after preliminary reports suggested it might have been caused by an "explosion", Chinese seismologists said.
China's Seismic Networks Center said in a statement on Saturday night that the analysis of the data under the "sound" confirmed that what happened "is not a nuclear explosion, but carries the characteristics of a natural earthquake."
The Chinese Academy of Sciences reported that what was recorded was probably a "collapse due to an earthquake" in a conclusion consistent with assumptions by international experts that the albumin was a consequence of a previous explosion.
North Korea conducted a nuclear test on September 3, the sixth and strongest test so far, which caused a magnitude 6.3 earthquake felt by people in neighboring Chinese regions.
The control groups estimate the nuclear test has released 250 kt of energy, 16 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The nuclear test sparked a wave of international condemnation as the Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions against Pyongyang, including restrictions on its supply of oil.