North Korea is believed to have conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday morning. Seismic activity was detected in North Korea this evening that the United States Geological Survey registered as a 5.1 magnitude earthquake.
Here’s the USGS report on the incident.
The site of the detected earthquake is near the site of North Korea’s previous tests. As the Korean peninsula is not prone to seismic activity, this is highly likely to indicate a nuclear test, says the Korean Yonhap news agency,
A test was expected earlier on Monday night by Korea’s Yonhap news agency, which noted that North Korea had moved people and equipment away from its test site on Monday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had been expected to carry out its third nuclear test this week, which corresponds with the celebration of the Lunar New Year as well as the February 16th birthday of North Korea’s late dictator Kim Jong-il.
The North Korean test comes at a complicated time for the region and the U.S., nicely summed up by Andrew Natsios in U.S. News & World Report: