200 Killed in North Korean Nuclear Tunnel Collapse Following Test

first published on November 2, 2017 by

On September 10, just one week after North Korea conducted their sixth nuclear test, a tunnel at the test site collapsed, killing an estimated 100 people, likely due to aftershocks caused by the hydrogen bomb test. An additional 100 were then killed in the rescue attempt to search for survivors.

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Based on satellite imagery, the mountains around the test site were showing severe signs of stress and aftershocks from repeated use of the site for nuclear testing purposes. The September 3 detonation, which is thought to have weakened the structural integrity of the tunnel, was that of a hydrogen bomb thought to be 10 times more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima.

Scientists have also suggested that the ongoing testing may cause a nearby volcano to collapse or erupt causing further devastation. In addition to fears of volcanic activity, there is speculation that the recent tunnel collapse may have caused a Fukushima-like radioactive leak producing large scale contamination.

This North Korean threat looks as if it may work itself out in the near future.

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