[N Korea] may have caved in its nuclear test site: time to offer to stop testing, shavy-headFrom: email@example.com
The Dictator's Handbook
Apr 25 2018 17:31:45
On Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:28:56 -0500
RS Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
And here's why suddenly Kim Jong Douchebag is interested in offering to
suspend its nuclear weapons tests: they caved in their fucking test
The dictator announced Saturday that he would halt nuclear and
intercontinental ballistic missile tests ahead of an inter-Korean
summit Friday and an expected meeting with President Trump by June.
He also said he would close the Punggye-ri facility under Mount Mantap
— where the last five of the hermit kingdom’s six nuclear tests were
carried out — because Pyongyang had reached its weapons development
goals, the South China Morning Post reported.
But Chinese seismologists, led by researchers at the University of
Science and Technology of China in Hefei, said a cavity inside the
mountain has collapsed.
A research team led by geologist Wen Lianxing concluded that the
collapse occurred after a detonation of Pyongyang’s most powerful
thermal nuclear warhead in a tunnel about 2,300 feet under the
mountain’s peak, according to the news outlet.
The blast vaporized surrounding rocks and opened up a chasm estimated
to be about 650 feet in diameter, according to Wen’s team, which
analyzed data collected from about 2,000 seismic stations.
According to the researchers, radioactive dust could have escaped
through fissures in the damaged mountain.
The experts warned that another explosion at the same site and with a
similar yield to the 100-kiloton Sept. 3 blast could cause an
“environmental catastrophe,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
“It is necessary to continue monitoring possible leaks of radioactive
materials caused by the collapse incident,” Wen’s team said in a
statement about the findings, which will be published by peer-reviewed
journal Geophysical Research Letters.
Wen, a seismology professor at Stony Brook University, said the
findings will not include wording that Mount Mantap is unusable for
future tests, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A separate research team led by Liu Junqing at the Jilin Earthquake
Agency with the China Earthquake Administration in Changchun reached