East Asian Observer
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a ‘hydrogen bomb.’
This is, however, speculated to in fact be a kind of boosted
to the consequent 5.1 magnitude earthquake
with its epicenter at the nuclear test
site, being notably similar to the earthquake size that was accompanied by the 2013
nuclear test by North Korea.
Figure 1: The Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site
Source: Compiled by the author
North Korea’s nuclear test was instantly responded to with severe criticism by the
international community. The US, Japan, and South Korea referred to it as a serious
violation of international law, and the UN Security Council adopted a resolution
towards complete nuclear non-proliferation.
China and Russia also condemned the
1 See North Korea says it tested hydrogen bomb, nk news, Jan. 6, 2016, available at http://www.nknews.org/2016/01/
north-korea-says-it-tested-hydrogen-bomb (last visited on May 3, 2016).
2 J. McCurry & M. Safi, North Korea claims successful hydrogen bomb test in “self-defense against US,” guarDian, Jan.
6, 2016, available at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/06/north-korean-nuclear-test-suspected-as-artificial-
earthquake-detected (China said the earthquake was 4.9 magnitude). See also China Earthquake Data Center <available
only in Chinese>, available at http://data.earthquake.cn/datashare/datashare_details_subao.jsp?id=CC20160106094443
(all last visited on May 3, 2016).
3 USGS, M5.1 Nuclear Explosion – 24km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea, available at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/
earthquakes/eventpage/usc000f5t0 (last visited on May 3, 2016).
4 See North Korea's nuclear programme: How advanced is it?, BBC news, Feb. 10, 2016, available at http://www.bbc.
com/news/world-asia-pacific-11813699 (last visited on May 12, 2016).
5 See North Korea nuclear: State claims first hydrogen bomb test, BBC News, Jan. 6, 2016, available at http://www.bbc.
com/news/world-asia-35240012 (last visited on Apr. 12, 2016)