The quake hit a three kilometre area in the west of the country and comes at a time of high international tensions
AN earthquake registering 2.6 on the Richter scale struck a 3km area in the west of North Korea earlier today.
The epicentre appears to be south west of the capital Pyongyang and not near any known nuclear testing sites.
There is currently no indication that this was a result of a nuclear weapon test, and prior to the quake state media had reported the supreme leader had decided against a test at this time.
Additionally, in March last year a natural quake struck in a similar area.
Fears the country was readying itself for a test were sparked after it was Kim Jong-un vanished from the public eye two weeks ago.
The North Korean dictator hadn’t been seen since he was pictured by state media on July 28 celebrating the test launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile.
But during his first known public appearance in nearly three weeks, maniacal dictator Kim was pictured pouring over military plans for launching a missile at the US territory of Guam.