NORTH Korea has been rocked by a 2.9 magnitude earthquake that struck near Kim Jong-un’s nuclear test site.
It comes after a 6.1-magnitude magnitude quake last month, which Pyongyang claims was the result of hydrogen bomb test.
Today’s quake was recorded 23km north east of Sungjibaegam, which has been used by the secret state to carry out nuclear drills.
A statement on the US Geological Survey website reads: “This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean Nuclear tests.
“The event has earthquake like characteristics, however, we cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event.”
A 3.4 magnitude quake last month near the same location sparked fears there could have been another nuclear test.
But officials later said it was probably natural or caused by a tunnel collapse.
All of North Korea’s previous six nuclear tests caused earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.3 or above.
Fears are mounting that the country has developed a hydrogen bomb with “great destructive power”.
It comes after a top Russian politician predicted Pyongyang was on the verge of testing a missile capable of reaching the United States mainland.
After visiting the deprived North Korean capital, Anton Morozov said the regime “intend to launch one more long-range missile in the near future.”
North Korea’s most recent nuclear detonation last month triggered an artificial earthquake six times larger than in any previous test.
North Korea has already claimed it has developed a sophisticated 120 kiloton hydrogen bomb small enough to be carried on an intercontinental missile.
And a report last week said Kim Jong-un’s growing arsenal has the ability to wreak devastation on neighbours South Korea and Japan as well as sworn enemy the United States.
Four million people could die within minutes of the dictator launching a nuclear strike on Seoul and Tokyo, the shock study by North Korea monitoring group 38 North found.
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