North Korea 'bomb' felt in Wexford

By Esther hayden

Published 16/01/2016 | 00:00

The seismogram shows the signal for this event arriving at DIAS seismic stations in Wexford (IWEX), Galway (IGLA) and Donegal (IDGL).
The seismogram shows the signal for this event arriving at DIAS seismic stations in Wexford (IWEX), Galway (IGLA) and Donegal (IDGL).

In the early hours of last Wednesday morning there was unusual seismic activity in Wexford.

The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) said that at 1.41am on Wednesday morning it recorded an unusual seismic event located in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The recordings are consistent with the announcement by the DPRK that it has conducted a nuclear test, their fourth since 2006. Initial estimates for the size of this event indicate it to be equivalent to an earthquake of magnitude 5.1.

The seismogram shows the signal for this event arriving at DIAS seismic stations in Wexford (IWEX), Galway (IGLA) and Donegal (IDGL).

Despite the international debate over the veracity of reports that North Korea had actually detonated a hydrogen bomb the tremor recordings in Wexford, Donegal and Galway appear to confirm that claim.

The INSN's stations in Donegal, Galway and Wexford all recorded an 'unusual seismic event' originating from North Korea at 1.41am this morning Irish time, according to correspondence from Colin Hogg from the Geophysics section of DIAS.

'The recordings are consistent with the announcement by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) that it has conducted a nuclear test, their fourth since 2006,' said the statement on the matter.

'Initial estimates for the size of this event indicate it to be equivalent to an earthquake of magnitude 5.1.'

The seismology readings obtained by the DIAS, however, cannot confirm whether the man-made detonation was of the size that would equate to a powerful hydrogen bomb, or a less-powerful atomic bomb

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