Off the coast of North Korea was a strong natural disaster

North Korea under Kim Jong-un has threatened to turn the US into a'pile of ash if Donald Trump tries to use force to stop Pyongyang's nuclear programme

The 5.8 magnitude quake off the coast of North Korea on Wednesday was of natural causes and not the result of a nuclear test, US Department of Defense spokesman Jamie Davis told Sputnik.

It occurred at 4:18 a.m. There's no way it was caused by a nuclear test. North Korean time, 538 kilometers below the seabed and 194 kilometers southeast of Rajin, northeastern North Korea, the center said on its website.

A Pentagon spokesman also said initial indications showed that the quake did not result from a nuclear test. John Bellini at USGS told Yonhap there is "no way it was caused by a nuclear test".

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The epicenter of the tremors lies at a depth of 537,6 km.

While the U.S. Geological Survey placed its strength at 5.8, the agency's assessment still made it the strongest quake in the Sea of Japan off the North in more than two decades.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the quake, which struck at a depth of 33 km (21 miles) about 128 km (80 miles) east of the island of New Britain.

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