Magnitude-6.0 quake detected off N. Korea's east coast

Michele Moreno
July 14, 2017

A rare magnitude 5.8 quake struck off North Korea in the Sea of Japan on Thursday, but was unlikely to cause any damage, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The underwater quake that registered early Thursday at 4:18 a.m. near North Korea may have initially raised suspicions Pyongyang had conducted a sixth nuclear test, according to Yonhap.

Both the Pentagon and the US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake is unlikely to have been triggered by a nuclear test. All of North Korea's underground nuclear tests have been conducted on land.

The tremor occurred some 200 kilometers southeast of the North Korean city of Chongjin at a depth of 560 kilometers below the seabed, it said.

Pentagon spokesman Jamie Davis said that the natural disaster off the coast of Korea was not caused by nuclear weapons tests, Reuters reports.

"It occurred at 500 km below the seabed".

People walk by a screen showing the news reporting about an natural disaster near North Korea's nuclear facility, in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.

The quake does not appear to have been caused by a nuclear test, a USGS official said. There's no way it was caused by a nuclear test.

There were no reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

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