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Seismic activity reported in area of previous North Korea nuclear tests

(CNN) -- North Korea appeared to have conducted its third underground nuclear bomb test Tuesday, as the U.S. Geological Survey reported a seismic disturbance centered near the site of the secretive regime's two previous nuclear tests.

The area around the reported epicenter of the magnitude 4.9 disturbance has little or no history of earthquakes or natural seismic hazards, according to U.S. Geological Survey maps. The disturbance took place at a depth of about 1 kilometer, the USGS said.

There were no initial reports concerning the activity on the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday.

"It's a nuclear test," said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. "That magnitude and that location -- it's awfully unlikely it's anything else."

In Washington, a senior administration official said the United States was working to confirm a nuclear test.

The reclusive, Stalinist state announced last month that it planned a new nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches, all of which it said were part of a new phase of confrontation with the United States.

U.S. analysts say North Korea's first bomb test, in October 2006, produced an explosive yield at less than 1 kiloton (1,000 tons) of TNT. A second test in May 2009 is believed to have been about two kilotons, National Intelligence Director James Clapper told a Senate committee in 2012.

By comparison, the bomb the United States dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 was a 15-kiloton device.In May 2012, North Korea said it had amended its constitution to formally proclaim itself a "nuclear state."

The seismic disturbance took place at a time when several East Asian countries, including China, North Korea's major ally, are observing public holidays for the Lunar New Year. It also took place less than 24 hours before President Barack Obama was due to make his State of the Union address.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/11/world/asia...index.html
Magnitude: 4.9
DateTime: Tuesday February 12 2013, 02:57:51 UTC
Region: North Korea
Depth: 1 km
Source: USGS Feed

http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/
Earthquake detected in North Korea near nuclear site

SEOUL, South Korea – An earthquake was detected Tuesday in North Korea just north of a site where the country has conducted nuclear tests, providing strong indication that Pyongyang has gone ahead with a highly anticipated third test. There was, however, no confirmation of the test.

The South Korean Defense Ministry, which raised its military alert level after the quake, said it was trying to determine whether it was a test. Nuclear blasts can create tremors but they are distinct from those caused by natural earthquakes.

The U.N. organization monitoring nuclear tests says it has detected an "unusual seismic event" in North Korea

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/11/...usgs-says/
This is all over the news, they are threatening to do a 2nd one aimed at the US, that could mean at us, or at South Korea according to some reports. Ok since I am off work early today its now time to bake cookies be back later to look for updates.
That does not make a lot of sense to me... Why the US ? I know the USA ( and NATO... ) are the evil ones, trying to invade and conquer all over the world, but still... NorthKorea is not pleased at Japan currency policies, why not threatening Japan instead ?
The PDRK is a scape-goat boogey man, that has been presented to the world to whip us into a frenzy of mandatory two minutes hate.

Goldstein = Kim


I bet we could take out a PDRK ICBM with a pen laser, let alone the combined military might of those who (publicly) oppose the PDRK. Mind you, some Cheneyite in office would probably tell NORAD to stand down again.

This is not a black swan, it's a red herring.

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