North Korean nuclear test biggest yet, observers say
The Australian -- Feb 12
Experts and South Korean officials said North Koreas nuclear test today was likely bigger than previous blasts in 2006 and 2009 and could be a six to seven kiloton explosion.
The rogue state is thought to have carried through on its threat to conduct an atomic test with seismic sensors detecting a magnitude 5 shudder in the vicinity of North Korea's testing range at midday local time.
Official confirmation that the tremor was due to a test had not been given, but the area of the shake is not prone to earthquakes and South Korea and Japan had convened emergency cabinet meetings and the UN Security Council was preparing to convene.
South Korea and the US placed their forces in South Korea on alert in the wake of the rumoured blast as reports emerged that North Korea may have yesterday given the US and China advance warning of the test.
Apparently perplexed but thrilled to find himself in the spotlight, Iwao Hakamada, formerly the world's longest-serving death-row inmate, made his first public appearance Monday in Tokyo since being released from prison and hospitalized. (Japan Times )
Aichi prefectural police are investigating a possible link between the discovery of the bodies of a husband and wife and their eldest son, and the body of a male relative of the deceased family who was found hanging by his neck in a hotel. (Japan Today )
The body of one of two missing workers who died on March 30 after a floating pier overturned while being unloaded from a barge during construction work on a remote rocky atoll, was found on Sunday, the coast guard said. (Japan Today )
East Japan Railway Co. launched a special train service on the JR Kamaishi Line in Iwate Prefecture on Saturday, using a restored C58 steam locomotive in a bid to help revive the local economy hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (The Japan News )