Major disaster IMMINENT? Earthquake rocks North Korea’s ‘unstable’ nuclear test site

Monday, April 23, 2018
By Paul Martin

A RADIOACTIVE disaster could be looming after a nuclear test site in North Korea was struck by an earthquake.

By Joshua Nevett
23rd April 2018

A 2.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded 47 km north-west of Gilju, North Hamgyong Province, at around 4.31am on Monday, according to The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site is located in the same region in a mountainous area of Kilju County, two km south of Mantapsan.

Striking at a depth of five km, the tremor may have been caused by North Korea’s sixth and largest underground nuclear test in September last year, the KMA said.

Nine earthquakes of varying magnitude have struck the region since the hydrogen bomb test.

The fallout from the blast weakened the underground structure around the site, leaving it vulnerable to collapse.

“The quake’s epicentre was within five km of the test site,” a spokesperson for the KM said.

“Various signs showed the quake was natural and different in many ways from an artificial one caused by an underground explosion.”

At least 200 people were killed when a “unfinished” tunnel collapsed at the underground Punggye-ri nuclear test base on September 10.

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