North Korea conducts nuclear test, Chinese people at the border 'don't worry' 0

North Korea conducts nuclear test, Chinese people at the border 'don't worry' 0

Chinese people on the border felt the shaking from North Korea's latest nuclear test but still maintained their normal pace of life.

Tourists stand on the observation deck at the border area between China and North Korea in March 2017.

At the high-end commercial center of Yanji city, located near the border of China and North Korea, on the morning of September 3, shops and restaurants were still bustling and crowded.

`At that time, everyone ran out of the house. We didn’t know what was happening. We thought it might be an earthquake,` said Mr. Bai Jin, sitting in the outdoor area with his grandson

On September 3, North Korea announced it had tested a hydrogen bomb and called it a `perfect success`, and said no radioactive material was leaked.

`I didn’t think about possible radioactive effects. The tests were all conducted underground,` Mr. Bai continued.

But China’s Nuclear Safety Administration announced it had launched an emergency radiation monitoring process along the border area.

The US Geological Survey recorded an earthquake with a magnitude 6.3 on the Richter scale that occurred at 12:29 a.m. near the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, in northeastern North Korea.

Meteorological experts in Japan and South Korea assessed that the power of this test was 10 times greater than Pyongyang’s previous nuclear explosions.

Michael Spavor, director of the Paektu cultural exchange program, an organization that promotes trade and cultural relations with North Korea, said he was eating brunch when he felt a shaking for about 5 seconds.

Yanji City, with a population of 400,000 people, about 200km north of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, has become a hot spot recently after a series of missile launches and nuclear tests.

China, which has a 1,420 km border with North Korea, is its largest trading partner.

`I’m quite worried about radiation contamination because a lot of our food is imported from North Korea. We used to eat a lot of seafood originating from North Korea. But recently we stopped,` Wu Tingting

Last month, the United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea, banning the country from exporting coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

However, the majority of Yanji residents, accustomed to the military presence on the border between China and North Korea, feel nothing is unusual.

`I’m not too worried. I think China and North Korea have a pretty good relationship,` Mr. Wu shared his opinion.

Huang Tao, who works at a state-owned company with a branch in Yanji, learned about North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on September 3 when a friend posted it on the social network WeChat with a comment.

`Leader Kim (Jong-un) is just helping us celebrate this occasion by lighting a few firecrackers,` Huang Tao said.

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