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Mount Doom: N. Korea nuke test site could cave in and spread radiation Chinese experts
RT News ^ | 09/05/2017

Posted on 09/05/2017 12:01:56 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The mountain where North Korea likely conducted its five most recent nuclear bomb tests could be at risk of collapse, potentially releasing radiation into the atmosphere, according to Chinese experts who measured shock waves caused by the blasts. Scientists from the seismic and deep earth physics laboratory at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhu province, believe the most recent tests were carried out under a mountain at North Korea's Punggye-ri test site, according to a statement published on their website.

The group's leader, geophysicist Wen Lianxing, believes the margin of error for their prediction to be no more than 100 meters, citing data collected by more than 100 earthquake monitoring sites.

The data set includes an earthquake which was registered eight minutes after North Korea's latest launch on Sunday, which Chinese authorities deemed a cave-in triggered by the explosion.

According to Wen's team, the energy released in Sunday’s test was about 108.3 kilotons of TNT, or 7.8 times the amount released by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, by the US in 1945. It far surpassed all previous bombs tested by Pyongyang.

However, a team of scientists in Norway estimated the bomb was even more powerful, as much as 10 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb.

The Chinese team's findings, if accurate, could mean a major environmental disaster is on its way, with the next test potentially causing the entire mountain to cave in on itself, according to Wang Naiyan, the former chairman of the China Nuclear Society and a senior researcher on China's nuclear weapons program.

That would leave a hole venting radiation across the entire region.

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

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: china; northkorea; nukes; radiation
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Wang said the severity of the situation depends on where the North Koreans placed the bombs.

“If the bombs were planted at the bottom of vertically drilled tunnels, the explosion would do less damage,” he said.

However, such a scenario is unlikely, due to the fact that such tunnels are expensive and difficult to build. It's much easier, Wang said, to build a horizontal tunnel into the heart of the mountain - which increases the risk of "taking the roof off" the mountain.

1 posted on 09/05/2017 12:01:56 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Would not surprised mw.


2 posted on 09/05/2017 12:03:41 PM PDT by Biggirl ("One Lord, one faith, one baptism" - Ephesians 4:5)
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What could possibly go wrong?



You know, I think there is a good possibility that at the end of the trump presidency, not only will we have the clinton and bush dynasties in tatters, but also the kim jongs. Of course the democrats will forever claim the fall of the north koreans happened for every other reason other than Trump. The only other foreign policy victory I would love to see if Trump simply proclaiming palestinians to be citizens of Jordan, and cutting off all aid in totality.
3 posted on 09/05/2017 12:11:57 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dsrtsage

oops, sorry...forgot to preview and resize the picture before posting
didn’t mean to post an eleventybillion pixel graphic

my apologies


4 posted on 09/05/2017 12:12:53 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: SeekAndFind

The world has survived 520 above-ground nuclear blasts and another 800 underground tests in the last 70 years. The most lethal radioactives go inert the fastest. If/when the roof caves in on the North Korean mountain, only a few dribbles will escape, and the prevailing winds will probably take those dribbles out to sea. You’ll get more extra radiation by going to Denver for a day.


5 posted on 09/05/2017 12:15:42 PM PDT by Colinsky
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To: SeekAndFind

What would be even better would be the next DPRK missile test going off course, self-destructing, with the bits raining down on Northeast China.

That might help clarify China’s position somewhat.


6 posted on 09/05/2017 12:16:05 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind

BETTER CALL DECON!

CRY ME A RIVER!


7 posted on 09/05/2017 12:19:07 PM PDT by EnglishOnly (Fight all out to win OR get out now.)
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To: Colinsky

Yep, those overly worried about radioactivity need to get a half-life.


8 posted on 09/05/2017 12:20:17 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (For the sake of His sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seems to me that a big red “X” should now be on this mountain as a potential prime target for US bombers and or missiles. Spread the love!!!


9 posted on 09/05/2017 12:29:54 PM PDT by downtownconservative
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey China, save face, Nuke Kim and tell the world be blew himself up, we will go along with it.

Sickly, better them than us, serious.


10 posted on 09/05/2017 12:36:08 PM PDT by right way right (May we remain sober over mere men, for God really is our one and only true hope.)
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To: dsrtsage

Godzilla is huge and deserves a huge picture to show his magnificence.


11 posted on 09/05/2017 12:40:33 PM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: dsrtsage

Godzilla deserves it.


12 posted on 09/05/2017 12:40:44 PM PDT by kanawa (Trump Loves a Great Deal)
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To: ozarkgirl

Dang, 11 secs!


13 posted on 09/05/2017 12:41:33 PM PDT by kanawa (Trump Loves a Great Deal)
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To: SeekAndFind

Can’t Kim Fat Ass just wave his magical, god-like weener and make the radiation go away? Shoo-shoo radiation. You go now. I understand they say crops bloom if he just walks thru a field.


14 posted on 09/05/2017 12:45:07 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (WKU 2016 Boca Raton Bowl Champions)
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To: humblegunner

Well, well the official spelling troll of FR is here.

ENJOY going crazy over my spelling errors. SARC.


16 posted on 09/05/2017 2:12:30 PM PDT by Biggirl ("One Lord, one faith, one baptism" - Ephesians 4:5)
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To: Biggirl

Perhaps you should try writing English.


17 posted on 09/05/2017 2:18:14 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Why do you make such a big deal over spelling errors?

I do not make any big deal about it and neither should you.


18 posted on 09/05/2017 2:32:25 PM PDT by Biggirl ("One Lord, one faith, one baptism" - Ephesians 4:5)
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To: SeekAndFind

Actually, I’m surprised that all of the NK nuke tests have been underground. One would think that Fat Boy, with his penchant for bluster, would light one off at the surface just so the world could see the mushroom cloud.


19 posted on 09/05/2017 2:32:47 PM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a' white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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