China: No environmental impact from N. Korea's nuclear test

 11 Sep 2017 - 9:58

China: No environmental impact from N. Korea's nuclear test
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Beijing: China has ended an emergency radiation monitoring after detecting no environmental impact from a nuclear test conducted by North Korea.

The monitoring, conducted at the northeastern border areas after North Korea's nuclear test on September 3, was ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

No abnormal results were showed after eight days of monitoring, the MEP said.

"A comprehensive assessment has concluded that this nuclear test has caused no environmental impact on China, and conditions for a termination of the emergency monitoring have been met," it said.

All monitoring stations in the border areas and surrounding regions, including the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and Shandong, recorded normal radiation levels, according to the MEP.

The ministry said it would switch to routine monitoring after the emergency response ended, conducting automatic radiation monitoring and regular sampling analysis at key border areas, according to (Xinhua) news agency.

Real-time radiation levels recorded at automatic monitoring stations in and near the northeastern border areas will continue to be made public to address people's concerns, the MEP said.

The China Earthquake Administration reported that a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck North Korea on September 3 with an epicenter depth of zero km, saying that it might have been caused by explosion.

The North Korea's Central Television announced on the same day that the country had successfully detonated an H-bomb, a hydrogen bomb that can be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile.

China's Foreign Ministry has expressed firm opposition to and strong condemnation of the test.