Magnitude 4.7 - NORTH KOREA
2009 May 25 00:54:43 UTC
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|Depth||0 km (~0 mile) set by location program|
|Distances||70 km (45 miles) NNW of Kimchaek, North Korea|
95 km (60 miles) SW of Chongjin, North Korea
185 km (115 miles) SSW of Yanji, Jilin, China
375 km (235 miles) NE of PYONGYANG, North Korea
|Location Uncertainty||horizontal +/- 3.8 km (2.4 miles); depth fixed by location program|
|Parameters||NST= 75, Nph= 75, Dmin=371.4 km, Rmss=0.57 sec, Gp= 72°,|
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=A
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Underground nuclear explosion.
The shallow, magnitude 4.7 seismic event that occurred on 25 May 2009 at 00:54:43 UTC is linked to the claim of a nuclear test by North Korean officials. While the USGS cannot positively identify the seismic event as a nuclear test, it was shallow and located in the vicinity of the 9 October 2006 North Korean nuclear test (magnitude 4.3). Moreover, comparison of the seismograms of the 9 October 2006 and 25 May 2009 events at individual seismic stations shows similar features, suggesting that the two events are in close spatial proximity and are the same type of source, although the more recent event is larger.
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