An extremely powerful explosion measuring 5.3 in magnitude was detected at the site of North Korea’s bomb tests by the US Geological Survey (USGS), triggering reports of an apparent nuclear test by North Korea.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it could confirm that the quake was a nuclear event upon initial examination.
“Upon conducting an analysis, we came to the conclusion, that the North has carried out a nuclear test,” the Ministry said.
South Korea especially, but so too America and Russia were on red alert at approximately 2am Irish time when the deployed weapon was deployed.
No radiation has thus far been detected, but this is the first major move for the North Koreans.