North Korea’s growing nuclear arsenal has been extensively covered for the better part of 2017. President Trump and North Korea’s dictator Kim Jung-Un have been at odds, and from their rhetoric, both seem more than willing to wipe the other off the face of the earth. But now North Korea may have problem.
Mount Mantap, the location where six nuclear missile detonation tests were conducted, seems to be showing “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.