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Did N. Korean Nuke Test Cause Quakes?
By Karen Nakamura
Back in the late eighties and early nineties when the US, France and China were regularly conducting nuclear underground tests, this paper interviewed Dr. Gary Whiteford of the University of New Brunswick. It was his assertion that nuclear underground testing caused related earthquakes.
When this theory was put to the test in following detonations and found to work, a set of criterion was developed. A corresponding quake had to occur within ten days after a test, five days was a much better indicator, up to three days was best and one day was Bingo. There were plenty of possible correlations. According to USGS criterion a large quake starts at 5.7. We use this equation because 5.5 and under quakes occur around the world hundreds of times a month. Think of the earth as constantly moving.
This article is meant to update those readers who watched in horror as Dr. Whiteford was constantly proven right.
¥ On October 9, 2006 North Korea detonated a small 550 ton underground nuclear test. Hiroshima was 12,500 tons. The immediate quake size was 4.2 and the UTC (universal time), according to the USGS, was 1:35:28. At 10:01:46 UTC the same day a 6.3 quake hit the Philippines and at 18:19:33 UTC a 6.0 hit south of the African continent.
¥ On 10/10/06 a 5.8 hit the North Eastern Pacific Rise at 6:00:48 and at 8:02:51 UTC a 6.0 quake hit the South Eastern Pacific Rise. Then, at 23:58:07, not quite two days after the test, a 6.0 quake punched Honshu, Japan oppose the North Korean site.
¥ On 10/12/06 a 5.7 hit Taiwan at 14:46:31 UTC and a 6.4 off Chile at 18:05:56. On 10/13/06 two over 5.7 quakes hit the Kuril Islands. Then on 10/15/06 at 17:07:48 UTC the powerful 6.7 earthquake hit Hawaii.
¥ From 10/15/06 to 10/20 there were four more 6.0 and over quakes around the Pacific rim. In the 10 days after the test there was a total of 14 over 5.7 quakes all in the same area. From 9/22/06 to the 10/09/06 North Korea test, 14 days in all, there were 8 large quakes total around the world.
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