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South Korean nuclear explosion recorded also by Lithuanian seismic stations


Today at 0.30 a.m. Greenwich time (3.30 a.m. Lithuanian time), the seismic signals generated by an explosion of a nuclear bomb in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) were recorded also by the seismic monitoring stations in the territory of Lithuania. The first seismic waves from North Korea reached the Baltic Sea region within approximately 10 minutes.

According to Jonas Satkūnas, Director of the Lithuanian Geological Survey under the Ministry of Environment, the force and the small depth of the hypocentre of this seismic event, compared to other seismic events and the geological tectonic structure in the Chinese-North Korean region, suggest that it was a powerful explosion caused by humans.

The fact was confirmed by North Korea itself. This state has carried out nuclear explosions for many times, but today’s explosion was the most powerful one. The magnitude of the explosion carried out in 2006 was 3.9, in 2009 4.6, in 2013 5 and on 6 January of this year 5.1 on the Richter scale. Today’s explosion is rated at 5.3.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas