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John Kerry en route with a deal offer yet? ‘Artificial earthquake’ indicates North Korea tested nuke

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By Doug Powers  •  January 5, 2016 08:48 PM

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The ground shook in North Korea not long ago, and there appears to be more to it than just an earthquake or Kim Jong-Un falling off a ladder trying to reach the last bag of pizza rolls in the freezer:

South Korean officials detected an “artificial earthquake” near North Korea’s main nuclear testing site on Wednesday, a strong indication that the nuclear-armed country had conducted its fourth atomic test.

The U.S Geological Survey measured the magnitude of the seismic activity at 5.1 on its website. An official from the Korea Meteorological Administration, South Korea’s weather agency, said it believed the earthquake was caused artificially, without elaborating, and originated 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of Kilju, the northeastern area where North Korea’s main nuclear test site is located. The country conducted all three previous atomic detonations there.

South Korean government officials couldn’t immediately confirm whether a nuclear blast or natural earthquake had taken place.

North Korea conducted its third nuclear test in February 2013. A confirmed test would mark another big step toward Pyongyang’s goal of building a warhead small enough to be mounted on a missile capable of reaching mainland America’s shores.

North Korea said it was a bomb test, and the Situation Room at the White House must be bustling now with ideas about how to blame climate change and the NRA:

Brace yourselves, because the Obama administration might sense there’s another “historic” legacy-sealing deal to be made before the end of the second term. Stay tuned.

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