Another North Korean Nuke Test As Artificial 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Detected In DPRK

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: S.KOREA RAISES MILITARY READINESS LEVEL, YONHAP REPORTS; South Korean news agency Yonhap says U.S., China informed about the North Korea nuclear test on Monday

Just because it has been off the headlines for a while, the time has come for North Korea to remind everyone it is still there, somewhere, with what appears another underground nuclear test, a few short years after that last one from May 2009.

  • USGS says earthquake of 4.9 scale detected in North Korea near to known nuclear test site - RTRS
  • Seismic activity has been detected in North Korea. North Korea is not prone to seismic activity, it could indicate a nuclear test - RTRS
  • Seismic activity detected in DPRK... believed to be "man-made" per various ROK sources - VOA
  • Artificial earthquake detected in N. Korea - Yonhap
  • S. Korea's presidential office checking reports of artificial quake in N. Korea - Yonhap
  • Lee convenes National Security Council meeting amid suspected N. Korean nuclear test - Yonhap

From the USGS:

Abe, who will likely see this event as a catalyst for much more easing by the BOJ, issued this response:

The Prime Minister’s instruction


(after the information of the implementation of a nuclear test by North Korea)


February 12, 2013 at 12:13pm


(Provisional Translation)


1      Conduct information gathering and analysis by the ministries and agencies concerned with a sense of urgency,
2      Provide the public with the accurate information,
3      Collaborate with the countries concerned including the United States, the Republic of Korea, China and Russia.



Of course, since this won't have any impact on the only wars that matter, the currency ones, it is unlikely that anything but more jawboning, and hard language out of both South Korea, the US and the UN, will come out of this attempt by DPRK to appear relevant.

And this just a bit earlier:

After North Korea vowed to continue firing long-range rockets without mentioning a promised nuclear test, South Korea's defense ministry said Tuesday Pyongyang could launch missiles and detonate a nuclear device simultaneously.


South Korea has been put on high alert since the North last month threatened to conduct a third atomic test to protest strengthened sanctions for its December rocket launch, with some expecting the tension to enter the most critical phase this week ahead of political events.

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Dr. Engali's picture

Clearly bullish for broken windows. BTFD!

Ahmeexnal's picture

There go reactors 2, 4 and 5 at Fuku.

ihedgemyhedges's picture

Perfect. Just in time to kill the defense sequester.........

redpill's picture

I don't even get up to check the kids for a 5.1

Big Slick's picture

Did you know 2 dozen North Korean consultants were killed in the presumed Israeli bombing of Iran's nuke site a couple of weeks ago?

I wonder if that in any way had an effect on this test (timing, etc).

Apostate2's picture

No, warm up the red swan.

ACP's picture

Could just be some hard core Russian techno at a bunga-bunga party.

a growing concern's picture

I think I can hear Krugman's screams of passion now.

CrimsonAvenger's picture

Are you sure that's not the sounds of manatees doing it? It's easy to confuse the two.

JP McManus's picture

Why you breakin' my barrs, Hans Brix? Burrish!!!

SMG's picture

So the Chinese client state, threatens the US Client state of Japan.  And we all sit back and watch the muppet show.  Wake up fellow citizens, stop WWIII before it's too late. Just saying.

Arkadaba's picture

I agree with your description wrt client states but we can't stop it.

We couldn't stop the Iraq war from happening even though there was massive opposition to that war and some saw through the "weapons of mass deception - sorry mass destruction" bullshit. 

QE49er's picture

Somewhere in the icy far north of Korea, a band of military personnel are dancing to Soul Finger...

Dingleberry's picture

See what happens when you don't finish the job?

besnook's picture

and the aftershocks seem to resemble laughter from china.

Iriestx's picture

5.1?  They're getting good at this.  The strongest seismic activity from an underground US nuclear test was 6.8.


Iriestx's picture

Turn it up to 11 and break off the knob.

lolmao500's picture

Nothing really... unless Mount Baedku wakes up...

N. Korean nuke test could impact volcanic activity at Mt. Paekdu

Mt. Baekdu eruption's impact on NE Asia

If a volcano, located on the border between North Korea and China erupts, damage could be 10 to 100 times greater than that caused by the April 2010 eruptions in Iceland. Experts predict that the ashes would not only hit the neighboring area but damage agriculture and cause serious disruptions in industrial activities and air flights. The Korean Peninsula, China, Japan and Russia would be severely damaged.

The eruption of the 2,744 meter-high mountain was billed as the largest in the history of mankind and was about 50 times stronger than that of Mt. Vesuvius of Italy in 79 A.D. which led to the burying and destruction of the Roman city Pompeii.

Among other indicators backing the scenario of a future eruption is the height of Mt. Baekdu, which has grown nearly 10 centimeters since 2002. Experts say an expanding magma pool, a precondition for an eruption, is gradually pushing up the height of the mountain as well as the temperature on the surface. On Oct. 1, 2006, a Russian satellite found the surface temperature of the mountain notably higher than before. The finding came just days after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test in its northern territory, which could have been a catalyst reactivating magma flows, according to analysts.

The greatest victim of a Mt. Baekdu explosion may be North Korea, especially Yanggang and Hamgyeong Provinces. The two regions, located on the tip of the Korean Peninsula, may be covered with ash in just two hours.

In about eight hours, ash may reach Ulleungdo and Dokdo, two far eastern islands of South Korea, and in 12 hours, land on Tottori Prefecture, Japan. After 18 hours, volcanic ash would likely spread beyond Japan.

Mt. Baekdu’s caldera has nearly two billion tons of water. If volcanic heat evaporates the water and is mixed suddenly with volcanic ashes, it would be strong enough to engulf even Vladivostok in Russia and Hokkaido in northern Japan, according to experts. The construction of nuclear power plants by North Korea and China in the neighborhood may certainly pose a grave threat to all Northeast Asians, with the view that Mt. Baekdu’s explosion would for sure cause subsequent nuclear catastrophes, as seen in Japan’s 2011 tsunami disaster.

Can you say black swan?? We'll see in a few days/weeks/months...

reader2010's picture

That would be super bullish tho.

lolmao500's picture

Yeah several fukushimas... millions forced to move...reduced crop yields and it's effects... real bullish.

ZeroAvatar's picture

Any decent explosion could easily remove 1/2 mile of elevation from the mountain, raining back down as 'bombs' .  Yellowstone awaits a similar fate.

LongSoupLine's picture

"...with the view that Mt. Baekdu’s explosion would for sure cause subsequent nuclear catastrophes..."


Mt. Baekdu's eruption would pale in comparison to the one in fucking Krugman's pants if it happens.

krispkritter's picture

I wish something would blow, other than our governments pathetic rantings at NK.


Some dumbasses voted in our Barack Swan and all I got was this lousy tax bill...

medium giraffe's picture

Yeah, yeah, so you've got nukes and a nutbag leader.  Take a ticket and wait in line like everyone else....

Iriestx's picture

Yeah, well, the people voted Obama in, so we're stuck with him.

Ahmeexnal's picture

"the people" is not the same as "Diebold".

Iriestx's picture

There's no need to rig the machines.   First, they'll get their puppet in no matter which half of the false choice between (R) and (D) get in.  Secondly, there are enough people on welare and illegal immigrants voting to ensure an Obama victory for a thousand years.

Al Gorerhythm's picture

Yeah, but who needs Diebold when you've got or P36x8rTb3jI as a majority or this as your champion

AlaricBalth's picture

North Korea
Nuclear capability - Check
Nutbag leader - Check
Oil production 118 bbl/day - Sorry

Now if N Korea were producing 4,252,000 bbl/day like Iran does, the US would be paying quite a bit more attention.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Expect the US to respond by carpet bombing Nepal.

Big Slick's picture

AlaricBalth, the first line of your post did not come through.  Can I assume you are talking about the US?

Hangfire's picture

How many barrels of oil do you think Iran would be willing to part with for a nuke?  

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

How do you know it wasn't an Iraninan nuke? Maybe the two of them are sharing the work load.

Think about it the day Iran tests a nuke on its own soil the Jews will go ape shit. So test it elsewhere.

goldenbuddha454's picture

We need to shut down that Keystone Pipeline, we might piss-off Saudi Arabia and destabilize the region!   Oh wait, we already did destabilize the region when we overthrew Mubarak, when we took over Libya and when we said hooray for Algeria.  Isn't diplomacy wonderful?

matrix2012's picture

Iran should contact N.Korea to get some ready-stock deterrence packages, pay them twice or thrice or even 5X the market price, in barbarous relics.

Upon being ready announce it openly, skipping all waste in dealing with the phony watchdog, IAEA and all other crook neighbors. Only then the relative peace will return to the Persian Gulf.

In today's world of Wild Wild West go nuke is the only viable solution to deny any extortion or even occupation!!!

azzhatter's picture

another stern letter from UN incoming

StychoKiller's picture

Perhaps they'll escalate up to...THE COMFY CHAIR!

lolmao500's picture

NHK: PM Abe to convene at his office emergency meeting at 12:45 JST re possible nuclear test.

(URGENT) Lee convenes National Security Council meeting amid suspected N. Korean nuclear test

Can you drop a bunch of MOABs on Pyongyang already??

chump666's picture

Japan probably has tactical nukes

Iriestx's picture

I'm sure China's twat is dripping wet at the prospect of them doing something to Best Korea.

chump666's picture

Of course, Nth Korea is China's attack dog or false flag nation.  And I'll bet China is 100% behind this test as was 2012 missle test.

Sh*t is getting hot. 

Joe moneybags's picture

Hopefully, the N. Koreans will test every one of their nuclear weapons.

lolmao500's picture

US: Strike on N. Korea Possible if Nuclear Test Held

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command says the U.S. may launch a surgical strike against missile bases and nuclear test sites in North Korea if it conducts a third nuclear test.

Admiral Samuel Locklear explained the U.S.'s position on Tuesday at a meeting with South Korean defense journalists at the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) in Seoul.

Locklear said Washington is closely watching the North in relation to the possibility of a third nuclear test, adding the U.S. and South Korea are looking at all options including a surgical strike.