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October 10, 2006
Oops -- He Did It Again? (Updated: False Alarm)

Japan has announced that they suspect North Korea conducted another nuclear test in the last couple of hours. Details are sketchy and contradictory, but Japan said they detected a tremor from North Korea:

The Japanese government detected tremors on Wednesday that led it to suspect North Korea had conducted a second nuclear test, officials and news reports said.

Shortly after Japan said it suspected another test had been conducted, the country's meteorological agency reported a magnitude-6.0 earthquake shook northern Japan.

U.S. and South Korean monitors said they had not detected any new seismic activity in North Korea on Wednesday.

It may have sensed a pre-quake tremor from its own territory which confused their sensors. A nuclear test that caused a 6.0 earthquake in Japan could never have been missed by South Korea. Still, Japan's quake may have been coincidental to a nuclear test. More as this develops ...

UPDATE: It appears that Japan just has the heebie-jeebies. An update on the same link as above has the South Koreans insisting it saw no unusual seismic activity:

The head of South Korean seismic monitoring station said no activity has been detected in North Korea that could indicate a possible second North Korea nuclear test.

"There's no signal from North Korea, even no small event," Chi Heon-cheol, director of the South's Korea Earthquake Research Center, told The Associated Press.

Of course, that could mean an even worse dud than the first test, but let's not go there ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 10, 2006 7:22 PM

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