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

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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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