The latest North Korean nuclear bomb was eight times that of Hiroshima
As the days go by, more details are revealed about North Korea’s latest nuclear test, with which young dictator Kim Jong-un once again terrified the world on Sunday. With more than 100 kilotons, that test was more potent than all of the previous ones together and caused “landslides in the mountain where the explosion occurred that had not been seen in the five previous tests”.
Thanks to satellite imagery, the well-known 38 North Internet portal, led by the United States and Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, has discovered it. These photographs show “numerous landslides along the entire Punggye-ri nuclear silo and beyond”, details the analysis signed by three prestigious experts: Frank Pabian, Joseph Bermudez and Jack Liu.
Located in one of the tunnels drilled in Mount Mantap, which has 2,205 meters of altitude, the detonation unleashed two strong earthquakes: one of magnitude 6.3 and, minutes later, another of 4.1. This second earthquake has made some seismologists suspect that there was a collapse in one of the mountain tunnels, which would have caused a crater through which radioactivity could emerge into the atmosphere.
Waiting for images with higher resolution, it is impossible to know if the landslides have buried or damaged buildings on the slope of the mountain. But there is no doubt that the explosion has been the strongest in North Korea so far. Calculated in proportion to the earthquakes that triggered, it oscillates between the 50 kilotones granted to him by the Ministry of Defense of South Korea, the more than 100 of 38 North and the 120 that Japan estimates. That means the device detonated by the regime is eight times more powerful than the atomic bomb launched by the United States. on the Japanese city of Hiroshima at the end of World War II, which left 160,000 dead.