Despite warnings from the West, South Korea, and China, the petulant tyrants in the hermit kingdom of North Korea have continued to conduct nuclear tests beneath Mount Mantap. Scientists have predicted that the constant testing may lead the mountain to collapse on itself. Just as they predicted, a series of tunnel networks has collapsed, and up to 200 Korean laborers are dead.
It is not immediately known when the collapse took place (getting exact dates on events in the rogue regime is often difficult because of their isolation). According to a report from The Telegraph, a tunnel network being excavated by about 100 workers collapsed. It was likely shortly after the regime’s sixth nuclear test.
Another 100 workers at the Punggye-ri test site attempted to get their coworkers out, but another collapse happened and likely killed them as well.
An exact date for the disaster has not been provided, but it comes shortly after North Korea conducted its sixth – and most powerful – underground nuclear test at the site.
North Korea claims the September 3 test beneath Mount Mantap was of a hydrogen bomb, with monitors suggesting the detonation was equivalent to an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale.
Some analysts put the yield of the weapon as high as 280 kilotons, while seismologists picked up signs of underground collapses in the hours and days after the blast.
Satellite imagery of the site shows damage to the land after the collapses happened. Such should not be surprising, as we have known for some time that the country’s constant nuclear testing could only go on for so long without causing substantial damage to the existing tunnel networks.
As we reported earlier in October, the test site is in serious danger of further collapse, and if that happens radioactive fallout would be released throughout the entire hemisphere.