Japanese media outlets are reporting a catastrophe at the North Korean underground nuclear test site earlier this month. The mountain in which the rogue regime has been conducting nuclear tests is believed to have caved in. Estimates say more than 100 people were killed in the collapse.
Rescuers then attempted to reach possible survivors, but the tunnels they were using to access the area collapsed, killing 100 more. The collapse of the Punggye-ri test site happened on Oct. 10. Those killed are believed to have been working on the underground tunnel system.
The incident follows North Korea’s claims that it tested a hydrogen bomb. The increased scale of the underground detonation may be responsible for the collapse of the mountain.
Japan Meteorological Agency’s earthquake and tsunami observations division director Toshiyuki Matsumori noted the 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Sep. 3.
While the accident marks a setback for the North Korean nuclear program, the country continues to talk about preperations for war. “The Trump group’s vicious vituperation against the DPRK is an expression of their frustration, fear and horror,” a statement released by state-run Korean Central News Agency Tuesday reads. “The U.S. has to ponder over the possible consequences.”
Mount Mantap, the location where six nuclear missile detonation tests were conducted, was showing what some have called “tried mountain syndrome.”
Analyst Paul G. Richards, a seismologist at Columbia University, has noticed the 7,200-foot mountain has been shifting from all the nuclear detonation tests in recent months.
“What we are seeing from North Korea looks like some kind of stress in the ground,” Richards said.“In that part of the world, there were stresses in the ground but the explosions have shaken them up.”
According to the Washington Post, seismic activity is uncommon in this mountain even though earthquakes have been prevalent there recently. A 6.3 magnitude quake was reportedly registered there during the last nuclear test on Sept 3.
Neighboring countries are concerned that the mountain could collapse, releasing the radiation absorbed into the mountain from the six nuclear tests it has already endured.
Jung-Un and his administration have been vocal in letting the world know they’re launching successful tests. Fox News reported that Jung-Un said the Sept 3 test was a “perfect success.” US intelligence has linked Mount Mantap to the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where these nuclear tests are being conducted.
Three experts wrote an analyst paper published by U.S.-Korea Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, which detailed “These disturbances are more numerous and widespread than what we have seen from any of the five tests North Korea previously conducted,” referring to the most recent test.
In the same analysis paper, the three experts claim that extensive landslides are beginning to happen almost daily. This could spell trouble for North Korea if the mountain were to collapse. The radiation could be deadly for the country and those surrounding it.