USGS Reports 6.3 Earthquake Type Explosion Rocked Japan Basin

USGS Reports 6.3 Explosion - 22km ENE of Sungjibaegam North Korea
USGS Reports 6.3 Explosion - 22km ENE of Sungjibaegam North Korea
USGS Reports 6.3 Explosion 22km ENE of Sungjibaegam North Korea
USGS Reports 6.3 Explosion 22km ENE of Sungjibaegam North Korea

As part of our cruise port earthquake watch on Cruise Ship Weather, we noted (see video below) the  United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported an explosion measuring 6.3 on the Ricter Scale, on September 3, 2017 in Sungjibaegam, North Korea.

The area of the tremendous explosion was located at 41.343°N   129.036°E which  had a depth of 0.0 km. This triggered  an earthquake warning late last night.

Nearby Places

Direction data (below) indicate the position of the event relative to the place.

  • Sŭngjibaegam, North Korea 22.8 km (14.1 mi) ENE Population: 11,786
  • Hau-ri, North Korea 39.7 km (24.7 mi) WNW Population: 13,581
  • Kilju, North Korea 48.7 km (30.2 mi) NNW Population: 63,652
  • Hoemul-li, North Korea 54.0 km (33.5 mi) W Population: 11,681
  • Hyesan-si, North Korea 72.1 km (44.8 mi) E Population: 192,680

This explosion was near in proximity to the cruise port of Busan,  South Korea as well as  Kobe, Japan; Osaka, Japan and Japan,Tokyo and other Japanese cruise ports.

The explosion was also reported late last night by several news agencies which stated  North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb designed to be placed on a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile.

“North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb at noon on September 3rd and succeeded totally,” a female newscaster announced on state television. “The H-bomb test was carried out to examine and confirm the accuracy and credibility … of [an] H-bomb to be placed in the payload of the [intercontinental ballistic missile].”

Earlier last week, on Tuesday morning, North Korea launched a ballistic missile directly over Japan, which prompted the government in Tokyo to warn residents in its path to take cover.

Since North Korea is testing and may ultimately detonate a massive weapon in the region, we are putting out a travel warning for cruise travel in the region. But, we have been warning about travel in the region since early last month.

On our main Cruise Bruise website, we posted a Department of State travel warning on August 10, 2017. That warning states, ” North Korea Travel Warning -The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens not to travel to North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. citizens, the Secretary of State restricted the use of U.S. passports to travel into, in, or through North Korea effective Friday, September 1, 2017.”

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Video: 6.3-magnitude ‘explosion’ detected in North Korea, says USGS