MOSCOW, 12 APR — RIA Novosti. The USGS reported the earthquake of a magnitude of 2.9 on the territory of the DPRK.
The quake was recorded at 16.41 UTC (19.41 GMT). The epicenter of tremors was located 23 kilometers North-East of the village Sondzhin-Pegam in the province Yangando. The focus lies at a depth of 5 kilometers.
“It happened in the area of the previous tests of the DPRK. To date, we are unable to confirm the nature (natural or artificial), this phenomenon”, — is spoken in the message published on the website of the service.
The DPRK, despite pressure from the international community, continues to develop its missile and nuclear programs. On the third of September, the DPRK announced the successful test of a hydrogen warhead, which is designed to equip Intercontinental ballistic missiles. The military of Japan and South Korea have previously estimated the power of the tested charge 160 kilotons, which is ten times the power of the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. It was the sixth nuclear test by Pyongyang. The week before the DPRK tested a ballistic missile that flew over Japan.
Earlier, Russia and China offered the DPRK to declare a moratorium on nuclear tests and missile launches, and South Korea and the United States to refrain from conducting exercises in the region to stabilize the situation on the Peninsula, but in Washington, this initiative was ignored.