SEOUL – A magnitude-2.5 earthquake rocked Kilju County in North Korea on Saturday, close to the site where the country recently conducted a nuclear test.
The tremor occurred at 7:45 a.m. with an epicenter 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) away from the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site located in the same province (North Hamgyong), according to the Korea Meteorological Administration of South Korea.
The KMA has said that the quake is natural in origin; however, since the latest North Korean nuclear test on Sept. 3, several tremors measuring up to 3.0 on the Richter scale have shaken the area.
Since 2006, North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests at the site, with the last three taking place in 2016 and 2017.
The ongoing weapons tests by the Kim Jong-un regime, combined with the bellicose response from Washington, has increased tensions in the region to levels not seen since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War.