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People watch a TV news program reporting North Korea's earthquake, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. South Korea's weather agency said an earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural. The signs read " The quake was detected in an area around Punggye-ri where the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea says a natural 3.0-magnitude earthquake was detected in North Korea


South Korea's weather agency says a 3.0-magnitude earthquake was detected in North Korea Saturday near the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

Seismic activity is usually a sign Pyongyang has conducted a nuclear test, but an official from Seoul's Korea Meteorological Administration told reporters this was a natural quake centered about 12 miles southeast of where North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date on Sept. 3.

China's official Xinhua News Agency, however, reported that the country's seismic service detected a magnitude 3.4 quake in North Korea and said it was likely caused by an explosion.

Based on the seismic waves and the lack of sound waves, an official from the South Korean weather agency said that this appears to be a natural event.

North Korea's nuclear test earlier this month triggered a magnitude 6.3 quake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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