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Nuclear watchdog: North Korea tremors unlikely man-made

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 23/09/2017
South Koreans watch a television news screen showing a map of the epicentre of an earthquake detected in North Korea on Saturday [Jung Yeon-Je/AFP] © Provided by Al Jazeera South Koreans watch a television news screen showing a map of the epicentre of an earthquake detected in North Korea on Saturday [Jung Yeon-Je/AFP]

Nuclear proliferation watchdog CTBTO has said that the two seismic events detected in North Korea on Saturday were probably not deliberate explosions. 

CTBTO said Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo said in a Twitter post that the group detected two seismic events on Saturday. He added that they were still analysing the tremors, but they were "unlikely man-made". 

Earlier on Saturday, China's earthquake administration said it had detected a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea, calling it a "suspected explosion".

The administration said in a statement on its website that the earthquake occurred around 08:30 GMT.

South Korea's weather agency said it was analysing the nature of the quake, but its initial view was that it was a natural earthquake.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted a weather agency official who said that "a sound wave, which is usually generated in the event of an artificial earthquake, was not detected".

Previous quakes from North Korea have indicated nuclear tests by the state, the most recent earlier this month. Saturday's tremor was centred near North Korea's nuclear test site.

The US Geological Survey said it had detected a magnitude 3.5 earthquake in the area of the previous North Korean nuclear tests, but it was unable to confirm whether the event was natural. 

North Korea's weakest nuclear test, its first one, conducted in 2006, generated a magnitude 4.3 tremor.

According to USGS, this month's nuclear test generated a magnitude 6.3 earthquake. 

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