It is feared that more than 200 people may have died after two landslides occurred at an where Pyongyang performs its nuclear tests, according to South Korean media. It is believed that the last detonation, that of September 3, generated the conditions for the terrain to give way.
At least 200 people may have died after the collapse of a tunnel at the nuclear facility where North Korea conducts its nuclear tests at Punggye-ri, south of Mount Mantap, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported .
It is believed that about 100 people were trapped in a first collapse of the tunnel under construction and that another 100 may have died while working in the rescue work and there was a second landslide. However, the number of deaths and the date of the landslide have been confirmed.
The news is known just hours after the interpellation in the Seoul Congress of the head of the meteorological services of South Korea, Nam Jae-cheol. There he warned about the fragility of that area after six nuclear tests , the last just in September. Nam said that the tunnel about 100 meters in diameter could collapse and that several landslides had already been generated in the area.
The test on September 3 with a hydrogen bomb generated a detonation of up to 300 kilotons, according to some estimates. Experts believe that it has been the most powerful of the six that North Korea has made, because they have even felt a series of small-scale earthquakes after that last test. Putting it in dimensions: the explosion of the bomb that the United States launched on Hiroshima at the end of the Second World War produced 15 kilotons.
On October 17, a study published by the US-South Korea Institute of Johns Hopkins University, cited by media, suggested that Kim Jong-un’s sixth nuclear test had caused ” substantial damage to the tunnel network. under Mount Mantap . ” They spoke then that the land could eventually suffer from the “exhausted mountain syndrome”, since it had not considered to stop using it as a space for nuclear tests.
Experts such as the nuclear weapons researcher and president of the Chinese Nuclear Society, Wang Naiyan, told the Morning Post website that the collapse of this area could generate an environmental disaster. “If the hole is exposed, it can let out a lot of bad things.” Among them, the radioactive material that the chief of meteorological services of South Korea had warned.
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