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Nuclear event in North Korea – 6 January 2016

N Korea map

On 6th January 2016 at 01:41:55 the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) recorded an unusual seismic event located in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The recordings are consistant with the announcement by the DPRK that it has conducted a nuclear test, their fourth since 2006.

Initial estimates for the size of this event indicate it to be equivalent to an earthquake of magnitude 5.1.

The seismogram shows the signal for this event arriving at DIAS seismic stations in Wexford (IWEX), Galway (IGLA) and Donegal (IDGL).


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