North Korea’s nuclear test site reportedly collapsed, claimed about 200 lives.
North Korea’s nuclear test site has reportedly caved in claiming about a double hundred lives.
According to The Telegraph. Allegedly, an initial collapse killed around 100 workers; when an additional 100 were sent in to rescue them, they too were killed.
North Korea claims that the sixth test, which took place on Sept. 3, was a test of a hydrogen bomb. Officials estimate from the size of the quake that the explosion was at least 17 times as powerful as the bomb that the United States dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, The Washington Post reports.
The mountain has been suffering from a condition referred to as “tired mountain syndrome.” But the possible collapse of the tunnels may not have been the first casualties caused by North Korea’s nuclear missile tests–there have been multiple landslides from the mountain as well, the LA Times reports.
If the tunnels actually did collapse, there’s little chance that the nation’s state media would report on the incident; the Telegraph cites Japanese media in their report.
Also, North Koreans should be wary of their tunnels collapsing, if they actually do go down, then the resulting radioactive fallout could be deadly to surrounding civilians.
The blast caused a 6.3-magnitude earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey, followed a few minutes later by another with a magnitude of 4.1.
Japan assessed the yield from the test of what the North said was a hydrogen bomb at 120 kilotons, eight times the size of Hiroshima in 1945.
It is very unusual for North Korea to report or acknowledge any major accident, especially anything that involves its nuclear programme.