Monitors report unusual seismic activity in North Korea

In this Jan. 11, 2016 photo, members of South Korean conservative group look at the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and North Korean flags during a rally denouncing North Korea, in Paju, South Korea. North Korea has launched an estimated 1 million propaganda leaflets by balloon into South Korea amid increased animosities between the rivals following the North’s recent nuclear test, Seoul officials said Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. The letters read "North Korea Nuclear Test." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A European monitoring agency is reporting a 5.0 magnitude quake near North Korea’s northeastern nuclear test site. There was no immediate confirmation of a nuclear test, which such seismic activity has previously indicated.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Friday it could not immediately confirm the cause, and the country’s weather agency said it was analyzing what might have happened. But the U.S. Geological Service reported an “explosion” in the area.

North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test earlier this year, part of its push for a nuclear-armed missile that could one day reach the U.S. mainland.

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