Natural disaster sparks fears that North Korea has carried out another nuclear test

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It was the latest in a string of aftershocks following North Korea's sixth nuclear test on Sept 3, which caused a 6.3 magnitude natural disaster, according to the USGS. According to the US Geological Survey, there isn't enough information to conclude the nature of the quake yet.

The quake took place at 16.41 (UTC) at an estimated depth of 5km, and while the USGS said the quake appeared natural, it did not rule out the possibility of a nuclear test.

"It is believed to have caused no damage", it added.

Including the latest quake, 114 earthquakes with magnitude of two or greater were recorded on the Korean Peninsula this year.

The strength of Friday's quake was much lower than the tremors registered during any of North Korea's previous nuclear tests, including its first detonation in 2006, which triggered a 4.1-magnitude quake.

Earlier last month, on September 23, a magnitude 3.4 quake was registered under Mt. Mantap, an area of North Korea where earthquakes do not normally occur.

Fox News reported that the absence of two key officials in North Korea's nuclear programme during public events this week, which may suggest that another test was imminent.

Trump used his maiden speech to the UN in September to threaten to "destroy" the nuclear-armed nation if Kim did not back down, referring to him as "Rocket Man".

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