North Korea successfully conducts test of hydrogen bomb sparking 6.3 magnitude earthquake

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A 6.3 magnitude earthquake shook North Korea after the regime launched its biggest nuclear test to date sparking worldwide condemnation.

The suspected test came hours after leader Kim Jong-Un said his country had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb with “great destructive power.”

North Korea state media later claimed the regime had carried out a hydrogen bomb test; calling it a “complete success”. It said the device could be loaded on a ballistic missile.

The earthquake struck at about 12.20pm (local time) on Sunday in Kilju, northern Hamgyong Province. 

Japan’s foreign minister said North Korea had carried out its sixth nuclear test. The country concluded that the tremors in North Korea were a nuclear explosion, marking the sixth atomic test by Pyongyang since 2006.

Taro Kono told reporters: “The government confirms that North Korea conducted a nuclear test after examining information from the weather agency and other information.”

South Korean officials said the quake took place in Kilju County, where the regime’s nuclear test site is situated.  

Experts making immediate estimates of the size of the detonation, based on the size of the quake it generated, have put it at 100 kilotons. 

The Nagasaki bomb dropped by the US in August 1945 was about 20 kilotons and killed 70,000 people.

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