North Korea nuclear disaster: Hundreds dead at Kim’s missile testing facility

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
By Paul Martin

HUNDREDS of North Korea’s nuclear workers have died after an accident at despot Kim Jong-un’s main testing facility .

By JOEY MILLAR
Express.co.uk
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

North Korea’s Punggye-ri facility has suffered a devastating collapse, leaving around 200 people dead.

Around 100 people were killed when when an unfinished tunnel collapsed at Kim Jong-un’s main nuclear testing site.

Another 100 people subsequently died while attempting to rescue the first group of entombed workers.

Foreign experts had warned a collapse was likely, highlighting the danger of a cloud of radioactive fallout escaping from the site and spreading across “an entire hemisphere”

The disaster was revealed by Japan’s TV Asahi today, although they could not clarify when the accident and subsequent doomed rescue attempts took place.

They said North Korean sources told them the collapse occurred as workers were working on the new tunnel. A second collapse took place as workers tried to rescue their colleagues.

Punggye-ri was the site of North Korea’s sixth-ever nuclear test on September 3. They tested a huge 100-kiloton explosive which was around seven times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima during WW2.

This test is blieved to have badly destabalised the mountainside-based facility.

Foreign experts and human rights activists had warned this month, however, of the danger of despot Kim Jong-un’s crumbling facilities.

North Korea’s detonated its first ever H-bomb in September, causing serious damage to the facility’s foundations.

Subsequent small earthquakes have since indicated the area was becoming increasingly unstable.

The Punggye-ri test site is built into Mount Mantap, extending deep within the mountain.

While the exact locations of the nuclear tests themselves remain a mystery, seismologists believe they can pinpoint it to a 100 metre area.

While a test site could be operate safely at such a location, unsophisticated engineers are believe to have increased the risk of disaster with crude drilling techniques.

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