North Korea

Could North Korea’s Nuke Mountain Pose Radiation Threat to China?

North Korea’s maniacal leaderships has long had pie-in-the-sky plans to nuke the United States, but could they inadvertently be sending radiation over their border with China instead?

After this past week’s intensely powerful underground nuclear test in North Korea, the reclusive regime purported to have had “perfect success” in the detonation of a hydrogen bomb estimated to be up to 120 kilotons in force.  This would make the device at least ten times as powerful as the first atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima in the waning days of World War II.

This is the nation’s sixth nuclear test in recent years, all of which have taken place in an underground facility deep below a mountain at the Punggye-ri test site.  Now, concerns are culminating among Chinese officials that the continual use of this single facility has compromised the stability of the mountain meant to contain the blasts, and that a collapse could be imminent.

The collapse would create a terrifying situation within the rogue nation and beyond.

“The single mountain under which North Korea most likely conducted its five most recent nuclear bomb tests, including the latest and most powerful on Sunday, could be at risk of collapsing, a Chinese scientist said.

“By measuring and analysing the shock waves caused by the blasts, and picked up by quake stations in China and neighbouring countries, researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui province, said they were confident that they were all carried out from under the same mountain at the Punggye-ri test site.

“Wang Naiyan, the former chairman of the China Nuclear Society and senior researcher on China’s nuclear weapons programme, said that if Wen’s findings were reliable, there was a risk of a major environmental disaster.
“Another test might cause the whole mountain to cave in on itself, leaving only a hole from which radiation could escape and drift across the region, including China, he said.

“’We call it “taking the roof off”. If the mountain collapses and the hole is exposed, it will let out many bad things.’

“Sunday’s blast was followed by an earthquake eight minutes later, which China’s seismic authorities interpreted as a cave-in triggered by the explosion.”

While this is an alarming and potentially deadly possibility has many around the region on edge, the lunacy of Kim Jong Un will likely prevent any safety-oriented action from occurring.

In the mind of the North Korean leadership, their nation is racing toward a final goal of holding the world hostage with their own nuclear-tipped ICBM.  On the other side of the track are the U.S. and her allies, who are frantically attempting to avoid a military confrontation with the maddeningly unpredictable Kim Jong Un.

As time passes, the very real possibility of this conflict ending in a loss for both sides has become more apparent.

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