REPORT: Dozens died in North Korean earthquake
New evidence is emerging that the artificial earthquake caused by a North Korean nuclear test in September had caused buildings to collapse and killed dozens of citizens, including schoolchildren, South Korean media reported this week.
North Korea conducted its sixth and most recent nuclear test on Sept. 3, successfully detonating a hydrogen bomb that could supposedly fit onto an intercontinental missile (ICBM).
As a result of the blast, two shallow earthquakes occurred in the Punggye-ri region, which is where North Korea’s nuclear test facility is located, according to reports from U.S. and Chinese government seismologists. Authorities in Japan, South Korea and numerous non-government experts in the United States confirmed that the earthquakes were likely the result of a nuclear test.
Houses and a school collapsed in a village near the test site, killing dozens. Approximately 150 students in North Hamgyong Province were injured in the 6.3 magnitude earthquake. The Kim regime is accused of not having warned locals of the nuclear test.
The fatalities were revealed by a defector group called South and North Development.
Reports say that soldiers suffering from radiation sickness began streaming into the country’s hospitals after the test.
Farmers in the affected area were instructed to harvest crops rather than repair the damage to their homes, according to one source. “Displaced farmers are staying in temporary shelters or living with neighbors whose houses sustained less damage,” the source told The Daily Mail.
Experts now say that communist dictator Kim Jong Un is preparing to attach miniature nuclear warheads to rockets that could reach the US mainland within weeks.
Tetsuo Sawada, an assistant professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, told reporters that Kim’s regime could continue to develop its nuclear program without further detonations.
“North Korea is constantly upgrading its technology and has now reached a level where, in my estimation, it no longer needs to carry out nuclear detonations to test and develop the relevant weapons,” Sawada told Russian news agency TASS earlier this month. “Of course, this is my assumption, but it is based on the analysis of six tests conducted in that country.”
Sawada added, “I believe the last test, the sixth one, was particularly successful. Authoritative experts estimate its power at 250 kilotonnes of TNT equivalent.”
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