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North Korea earthquake: Alert across South Korea border in Seoul as strong quake strikes

The magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit North Korea’s Gangwon Province, the South Korean Meteorological Administration has confirmed. The KMA also confirmed the earthquake was a natural one and not the result of a missile test. Reports have suggested the tremors were felt as far south as South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the earthquake was at a depth of 10km.

Earlier today, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck off the coast of eastern Japan.

No tsunami threat was issued, and there were no immediate reports of damage.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the epicentre of the earthquake was off the coast of Ibaraki prefecture, north of Tokyo, and measured at a depth of 50km.

Last month, South Korea was hit by three earthquakes in and around the sothwestern region, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said.

A magnitude 2.4 earthquake hit Geumsan of South Chungcheong Province, 198 km south of Seoul.

Mokpo, a South Jeolla port city and 410km south of the capital, also felt small tremors from a separate quake.

Just two days earlier, a 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit the North Jeolla county of Jangsu, 318km south of Seoul.

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There were no reports of any injuries or property damage from the three earthquakes.

Tensions between the two countries have been intensifying over recent weeks.

Last week, North Korea lashed out at South Korea for what the country called “reckless” military drills near their disputed sea boundary.

The North’s Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces accused the South of mobilizing fighter jets and warships for drills in the western sea boundary on Wednesday.

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