12 February, 2013 RT
Apparently man-made seismic activity has been detected in North Korea, South Korean Yonhap news agency reported. The United States Geological Survey confirms a 4.9 magnitude earthquake at a depth of exactly one kilometer in North Korea’s northeast.
Meanwhile the Japanese Meteorological Agency reported that the activity’s epicenter was located at exactly the same place and depth as that of the quake caused by North Korea’s last known underground nuclear test, on May 25, 2009.
Pyongyang had informed the US and China of its plans for a nuclear test on Monday, Yonhap reports.
The South Korean Defense Ministry and the country’s presidency both said they were trying to verify a possible nuclear detonation, AFP reports.
The news comes as world governments have been anticipating new nuclear testing in the secretive state after Pyongyang’s January declaration that it would undergo a third nuclear test despite warnings of “consequences” from the UN Security Council.