Monday, October 09, 2006

Nuclear device test in North Korea?

CNN has unconfirmed reports of a nuclear device test by North Korea. Details have yet to emerge, but a good place to look for them is NKZone.

The site, co-founded by former CNN Beijing and Tokyo bureau chief Rebecca MacKinnon -- now a research fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society -- has become a first stop for journalists who cover North Korea.

NKZone aggregates reports from journalists, travellers who visit North Korea, and was among the first to report the Ryongchon explosion in April 2004.

And although you're unlikely to find any information on a test itself, it's worth looking at the U.S. Geological Survey's earthquake site, where you can see data related to seismological events.

The IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) site also has seismology data available.


North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations has confirmed that the country conducted an underground nuclear test.

The USGS has posted seismic information on the event and IRIS has published seismograms.

The event was recorded as a "light earthquake" -- magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale -- at Gilju, about "70 km (40 miles) N of Kimchaek, North Korea at 01:35:27 (UTC), October 9, 2006 (Oct 9 at 10:35:27 AM local time in N Korea)," according to the USGS.