Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | February 12, 2013

CTBTO monitoring system has detected unusual seismic event in North Korea

CTBTO monitoring system has detected unusual seismic event in North Korea, our analysts are currently studying the data.

On the seismic signal picked up by our monitoring system in North Korea this morning: time: 2.57.51 UTC, magnitude: 4.9 on Richter scale

CTBTO Executive Secretary, Tibor Tóth, issued this statement on the seismic event detected in North Korea as a response to media questions : “Today our monitoring stations picked up evidence of an unusual seismic event in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The event shows explosion-like characteristics and its location is roughly congruent with the 2006 and 2009 DPRK nuclear tests. For now, further data and analysis are necessary to establish what kind of event this is. If confirmed as a nuclear test, this act would constitute a clear threat to international peace and security, and challenges efforts made to strengthen global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, in particular by ending nuclear testing.”

The North Korean nuclear tests on 9 October 2006 and 25 May 2009 were detected immediately by the CTBTO’s monitoring stations.

Read the full press release here.

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More news will be also posted here as they become available.

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