More than 200 individuals are dreaded to have passed on when a passage collapsed at North Korea’s atomic test site after its most recent explosion, a Japanese news report said Tuesday. A passage fallen at Punggye-ri days after North Korea led its 6th and biggest underground atomic test on September 3, TV Asahi stated, citing anonymous North Korean sources.
Somewhere in the range of 100 specialists were engaged with an underlying breakdown. Another collapse happened amid safeguard operations, leaving no less than 200 individuals dreaded dead altogether, the Japanese supporter said. The mishap was activated by the test, TV Asahi included. Specialists have cautioned that the underground tests could make the mountain crumple and spill radiation into the air close to China
The latest test triggered landslides in the detonation area and beyond, according to satellite pictures taken the day after. There is evidence of recent flooding, as half of the spoil pile from the newest excavated tunnel has been washed away, along with mine ore cars and the associated rail line
The images published by the 38 North website showed changes in the surface at Punggye-ri where the ground had been lifted into the air by the tremors. Small landslides followed the course of stream beds. The blast caused a 6.3-magnitude earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey, followed a few minutes later by another with a magnitude of 4.1.
Japan assessed the yield from the test of what the North said was a hydrogen bomb at 120 kilotons, eight times the size of Hiroshima in 1945. It is very unusual for North Korea to acknowledge any major accident, especially anything that involves its nuclear programme.
The reclusive country has made significant strides in its atomic and missile technology under Kim, who took power after the death of his father and longtime ruler Kim Jong-Il in 2011. Since then he has overseen four of the country’s six nuclear tests and hailed atomic weapons as a ‘treasured sword’ to protect the nation from invasion by the United States.