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M6.3 ‘Explosion’ near Sungjibaegam, North Korea –USGS

Posted by feww on September 3, 2017


UPDATE: Japanese officials confirm the NK event as a nuclear test. [05:20UTC]

Powerful Seismic Shock Recorded 22km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea

The shock is believed caused by N. Korea’s sixth nuclear test, a two-stage thermonuclear weapon.

The explosion was exactly 10 times more powerful than the previous nuclear test conducted by NK in 2016.

“Possible explosion, located near the site where North Korea has detonated nuclear explosions in the past. If this event was an explosion, the USGS National Earthquake Information Center cannot determine its type, whether nuclear or any other possible type.” –USGS

Event Details:

Magnitude: 6.3 mb [Possible Explosion]
Location: 41.343°N, 129.036°E;  depth = 0.0 km
Region: Hamgyong-bukto
Date-Time: 2017-09-03, 03:30:01 UTC
Nearby Places:

  • Sŭngjibaegam, North Korea | 22.8 km (14.1 mi) ENE | Population: 11,786
  • Hau-ri, North Korea | 39.7 km (24.7 mi) WNW | Population: 13,581
  • Kilju, North Korea | 48.7 km (30.2 mi) NNW | Population: 63,652
  • Hoemul-li, North Korea | 54.0 km (33.5 mi) W | Population: 11,681
  • Hyesan-si, North Korea | 72.1 km (44.8 mi) E | Population: 192,680


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