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This Could Be The Real Reason North Korea Halted Nuclear Testing And It’s Terrifying

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The mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site Punggye-ri has likely collapsed following a nuclear test last fall, sparking concerns about radioactive fallout and environmental catastrophes, according to geologists at the University of Science and Technology of China.

It comes less than a week after North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un announced the reclusive nation would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its testing site ahead of meetings with the United States and South Korea, now suggesting an alternative reason behind the site’s closure.

“The onsite collapse calls for continued close monitoring of radioactive materials from the nuclear test site,” the geologists wrote in a study that will appear in an upcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters.

Nuclear explosions release enormous amounts of heat and energy. Following a nuclear bomb test on September 3 of last year, the researchers say the “explosion created a cavity and a damaged ‘chimney’ of rocks” out of nearby Mount Mantap that could be leaching radioactivity. Estimated at 100 kilotons, the blast was the sixth test 10 times stronger than any of the previous five. For comparison, the bomb that was detonated over Hiroshima in 1945 was 15 kilotons. About 8.5 minutes after the explosion, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake was recorded with four subsequent earthquakes generated in the following weeks.

By collecting high-quality seismic data and examining satellite imagery before and after the tests, scientists were able to determine where these earthquake swarms occurred and that they were indeed caused by the tests. Past tests have altered the area’s capacity to withstand tectonic stress to the extent that previously inactive tectonic faults have reached a state of “critical failure”. Further disturbances and future nuclear testing in the region could generate more destructive earthquakes.

“Given the history of the nuclear tests North Korea performed beneath this mountain, a nuclear test of a similar yield would produce collapses in an even larger scale creating an environmental catastrophe,” says the paper.

The findings confirm a study published last month that found similar results, suggesting the tectonic events were in fact man-made and not the result of naturally occurring tectonic activity. The paper described the aftershock as most likely a “rapid destruction of an explosion-generated cracked rock chimney due to cavity collapse.”

No radioactive materials have been collected along the North Korea-China border, but Chinese officials fear radioactive dust may be leaching through cracks and holes in the damaged mountain.

IFL Science

39 Comments on "This Could Be The Real Reason North Korea Halted Nuclear Testing And It’s Terrifying"

  1. makati1 on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 5:34 am 

    AS if nothing happened in the the sands of nuke tests by the Us an other countries over the last 75 years. More scare tactics by the Us MSM Iron Curtain propaganda machine.

    “A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945” – by Isao Hashimoto

    How many on Us soil? A answer: Many.

  2. Davy on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 6:10 am 

    “according to geologists at the University of Science and Technology of China.”

    Ah dummy, can’t you read? How is the above a US MSM Iron Curtain propaganda machine. I think you are a iron curtain propaganda machine for idiots.

  3. makati1 on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 6:14 am 

    Is America Evil?

    “Yemen War Great For US Jobs: Watch CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Proclaim Civilian Deaths Are Worth It”

    Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

    Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.

    —60 Minutes (5/12/96)

    3rd world America! Baby killers.

  4. Sys1 on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 6:16 am 

    What is terrifying? A mountain collapse? It’s pointless.

  5. makati1 on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 6:17 am 

    As if what you think actually matters, Davy. You are the Us poster boy for insanity and delusion. It’s fun teasing you. Must be frustrating to not be able to punch me in the mouth or even hurt me with putdowns. LMAO

  6. Davy on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 6:30 am 

    Sure 3rd world then why are your panties always in a wad. Why do you say you ignore me then you have to make so many comments? You don’t know which way to go and the reason is it is very hard to maintain inconsistencies and extremist personal bias. It takes 4 of you to battle one person. You guys struggle to maintain your flawed messages. It is so easy to shoot down you extremist because you live lies. Some of what you say is fact but it is how the present the facts that are lies. Your presentation is a farce and you personally are a fraud.

  7. makati1 on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 6:50 am 

    LOL! Davy you are the one that is frustrated and delusional. You invent others feelings to match your ego. Not even close to reality. I laugh at you, not get upset. You don’t seem to understand that FACT.

    But then, you are too far gone to be logical or rational.

  8. N N N on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 7:36 am 

    Exactly. How much radiation was released into the air and the earth during the US nuclear testing? As always we point the finger at other nations but never do we acknowledge the harm we cause through the detonation of nuclear weapons.

  9. Dave on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 8:13 am 

    It is great news that this nuclear contest is coming to a close.Hope now that both countries rectify their differences and both help out each other. It took years for East and West Germany to finally get to a normalized state even after the “Berlin Wall” did come down. Let us hope both countries can now be friends again…

  10. pennzoilbill on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 8:23 am 

    Watch mbs, if he is who I think he is, this is academic. Jesus saves [while driving a big block, American joke] but for real, all this name calling on peak oil, yeah, it’s getting academic.

  11. Cloggie on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 8:40 am 

    How to bring this to the boards resident imperialists, but Mattis just paved the way for a withdrawal of US troops from Korea:

  12. Davy on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 9:07 am 

    Shut up Nazi, join the conversation but on topic you loud mouth. Geeze, you friggen have to dominate the discussions with your dumb in Dutch but loud attitude.

  13. Antius on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 9:42 am 

    “Exactly. How much radiation was released into the air and the earth during the US nuclear testing?”

    A lot. The US and USSR detonated multi megaton hydrogen bombs above ground. The amount of material pushed into the atmosphere was so large that it many places the dust blocked the sun.

    At the worst point of testing in the late 50s literally hundreds of nuclear detonations put much radioactivity into the air, that background radiation levels across the world increased by 5%. North Korea could never get close to that.

  14. Sys1 on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 10:00 am 

    Megaton hydrogen bombs radioactivity is close to 0, as only the detonator, a nuclear bomb, is made of uranium/plutonium.
    Not the thermonuclear part.

  15. fmr-paultard on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 10:00 am 

    How to bring this to the boards resident imperialists

    Do you see how the eurotard sound like a leftist now? He’s also a nazi. Politics is strange and i’m trying to reach our supertards who are leftists.

    Cambridge Five were mostly closet homosexuals leftists who drank to death in Moscow. They were priviledge and educated and turned against Britain.

  16. joe on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 10:34 am 

    “How to bring this to the boards resident imperialists, but Mattis just paved the way for a withdrawal of US troops from Korea:”

    OMG, will sombody please read ‘rebuilding Americas defenses’ by our good neo-con friends and Zionists at PNAC!!!!

    Withdrawal from neAsia is part of the plan, the US wants for get out of Europe and into the Balkans, it wants to get out of Korea and Japan and reposition into the South China sea. Right now China is building a massive island base in the south China sea the US is buried neck deep in Europe as far as the Russian border. Pnac plan not going well. They also need to balkanize Arabia and split southern iran (with the gas) into an anti persian statelet.

  17. Cloggie on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 10:50 am 

    OMG, will sombody please read ‘rebuilding Americas defenses’ by our good neo-con friends and Zionists at PNAC!!!!

    They just launched a replacement for PNAC:

    Renew Democracy

    The (((usual suspects))) are all assembled under the inspiring leadership of Gary: Kasparov:

    Max Boot
    Ian Bremmer
    Bill Kristol
    Anne Applebaum
    Richard Hurowitz

    And alleged chief enemy of demockressie (read: oligarchy) is, you guessed it, Putin-Russia, the worth successor of Hitler-Germany.

    As long as the neocohns don’t own the entire planet, they wil continue to agitate for war, until the last resistance is broken.

    We should return the favor and not be too sentimental about it.

  18. joe on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 10:56 am 

    Horrible human beings. I don’t care what religion they are. “Imperialist I call you ‘academia’.”
    Israels survival is not worth the price being paid for it in dead children.
    How bout this compromise. When Israeli bullets kill six million non Jews, well call it even?

  19. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 11:08 am 

    I agree Sys 1, there is bery little radioactivity
    produced by a hydrogen bomb.

    This is why there wasn’t any measurable effects from nuclear fallout, and nobody was ever harmed by fallout.

  20. Antius on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 11:27 am 

    “How bout this compromise. When Israeli bullets kill six million non Jews, well call it even?”

    Bolshevik Jews have a lot more than 6 million deaths on their hands. The Jewish holocaust happened after the Germans had witnessed the cruel carnage of the October revolution and the millions of deaths that followed, as the Bolsheviks starved out and murdered nationalists in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Their cruelty was inhuman. Having witnessed all this and having fought off similar attempts in Germany, the Germans decided that the world would be a better place without the Jewish menace. Whilst the Nazis were by no means benevolent soldiers of god, learning the full story of what they were fighting against, does paint them in a very different light.

    “Megaton hydrogen bombs radioactivity is close to 0, as only the detonator, a nuclear bomb, is made of uranium/plutonium.
    Not the thermonuclear part.”

    Yes and no. An airburst does produce less fission products per kilotonne. But a thermonuclear reaction releases most of its energy in fast neutrons. A substantial part of the additional energy from a hydrogen bomb results from fast fission of the fissile charge by the neutron cascade. This is poorly utilised in a single phase fission bomb, because only 3% or so of the charge fissions before it disperses. In a hydrogen bomb, all of the fissile charge will fission. If detonated on the ground, fast neutrons will also generate irradiation products that won’t be generated by a fission bomb.

  21. Boat on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 11:49 am 


    Isn’t your president recommending shooting women in the vagina? Didn’t you recently claim your country cleaned out ISIS? Killing those who want to kill you is a time honored tradition.

  22. Harvey on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 12:00 pm 

    You all better stop thinking about the past and start watching what it carries with it, to the now and future, as prophesy is fulfilled. There is so much more going on other than this inconvenient chess playing by the ones really running the show. There’s only one way to prepare for what is to come.

  23. Outcast_Searcher on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 12:15 pm 

    Why is this “terrifying” again? Thus far, the MSM, i.e. the UK Telegraph says scientists have discovered no radiation risk.

    If a little radiation seeps out, then that might mean people should keep away from that area. As if NK would have citizens crawling all over the mountain of their main nuclear test site anyway.

    Why all the fear mongering? This isn’t ideal, but it looks tiny compared to Chernobyl and Fukushima (remember all the hysteria created about those?)

  24. Outcast_Searcher on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 12:16 pm 

    Harvey, are you preaching about Jesus or something else? If you expect to be taken seriously, SAY SOMETHING.

  25. Outcast_Searcher on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 12:18 pm 

    Clog, you should stick to what you know — oil and related science. When you ramble about political stuff and can’t even spell neocon (implying you don’t even know what it MEANS), you’re not looking at ALL credible.

  26. VinnyA on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 12:20 pm 

    Wow, you are ALL just hateful people, aren’t you? I don’t care which side you are on, but the hate really should stop ans you should all grow up.

  27. Sailorman on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 12:55 pm 

    If they are worried about radiation, then they should stop screwing with us, before their whole country ends up with radiation issues.

  28. Cloggie on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 1:02 pm 

    When you ramble about political stuff and can’t even spell neocon

    More likely you missed the quip.

    The Jewish holocaust happened…

    Did it?

    For the fans of the USSR, here a realistic picture of what happened in that hell hole (Russian made movie from the early nineties):

    Tens of millions were killed in this way. No wonder the Germans did what they did.

    In Europe the communists nowhere had a chance… except for Germany, because of the Versailles situation.

    Could happen in the US as well, after Trump, when sufficient third world proletariat has been imported to start a new sort of October Revolution, the whole purpose of the 1965 Immigration Act. This time the grievance won’t be “economic exploitation”, like in the USSR, but “white privilege” and “slavery”. Good luck with that.

    Better remain buddies with the Europeans, as we are the only ones who potentially can spare you the fate the Russians had to endure. For that scenario to materialize Americans will have to organize a serious uprising, a la 1776.

    This is what is at stake:

    We in Europe are going to escape from the West anyway, thanks to Russia and Eastern Europe and rising grass roots populism.

    It would be nice if Anglosphere could escape as well, in order to prevent an Orwellian future for the Anglos.

  29. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 5:44 pm 

    Clogster, greetings to Europe from USA.
    Best I can tell, the liberal leftists are
    going to destroy your culture, by bringing
    in hordes of Arabic Terrorists labelled as
    immigrants, whom you aren’t allowed to object
    to, even as they saw your head off.

    Over here in USA, the liberal leftists are
    destroying the culture, by bringing in
    unlimited quantities of illegal mexicans.

    I’m not sure why you’re saying that
    Europe will escape? Looks like our fates
    are about the same. In both societies
    the liberal leftists destroy it by
    finding a place to drill holes in the boat
    and doing so. They found it in the area of
    immigration policy and they thrill to bring
    in hordes of 3rd world criminals.

    The liberal leftists will win by this method.
    After a few generations of the arabic muslim
    terrorists taking over your country,
    they will win.

    Your country and mine will have nothing
    remaining but the blowing sand. And a few
    camels ridden by terrorists.

  30. MASTERMIND on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 5:51 pm 

    Go Speed Racer

    America has become less attractive to economic migrants. Illegal immigration has dropped 80 percent, since it’s record high in 2000. That’s more than fivefold decrease in less than 20 years.

    More Mexicans are leaving the US than coming here–and it’s not because of deportation

  31. Seaguy on Sun, 29th Apr 2018 6:25 pm 

    If the mountain collapses it will send radiated soil and dust into the air where it will be carried elsewhere spreading the radiation.

  32. Cloggie on Mon, 30th Apr 2018 12:27 am 

    Clogster, greetings to Europe from USA.
    Best I can tell, the liberal leftists are
    going to destroy your culture, by bringing
    in hordes of Arabic Terrorists labelled as
    immigrants, whom you aren’t allowed to object to, even as they saw your head off.

    Greetings from Old Europe to you too.

    Perhaps a little too pessimistic. Leftist are not invincible you know. 90% of the entire giant Eurasian landmass between Hannover and Wladiwostok was once controlled by leftists. And then, on a sunny day in 1989, the whole leftist shit-hole evaporated over night, just like that. It fell over as nobody believed the communist lies anymore. Won’t be different with the western, racial version of globalism=communism. These imported Jihadist are the most right-wing characters on the planet, so much so it would make Hitler blush. And the stupid leftists want to buddy up with Timber!

    We in continental Europe are soon going to be put to the test again to see if we have the backbone to survive.

    I think we have.

    Europe has thrown out Islam three times before, we are going to do it again.

    War is next, throughout the entire West.

  33. Theedrich on Mon, 30th Apr 2018 2:56 am 

    Jeezus wants evolution reversed.  That’s why American TV-hypnotizees support IsItReal and the D.C. bribe-ocracy they fantasize as being “their” government.  Until Yid-Cretianity is gone with the wind, there is little chance that “American interests” will be anything other than a cover for massive corruption, worldwide mass murder and the gutting of Western civilization.

    Yet there is some small hope.  Unimpeachable numbers are hard to come by, but the April/May issue of Free Inquiry magazine (p. 18), in an article “How Do We Sustain the Growth of Unbelief” by editor Tom Flynn, the author states

    In a recent major survey, a record 22.8 percent of American adults report that they are Nones — that is, they claim no religious affiliation.  That figure rises to 35 percent among Millennials (born 1981 to 1996).  The number self-defining as ‘atheist’ or ‘agnostic’ (much less ‘secular humanist’) is considerably smaller, but it too is growing.

    The issue that we should be concerned with in the West is not religion in general, but specifically Christianity, because its guilt mechanism has been taken over by philo-Semites, and the Left generally, to eviscerate the White sense of self-preservation and push the European race toward genosuicide.

    All serious scholars of religion know that the basis of Christianity — the Genesis tale of mankind’s ancestors committing an “original sin” which had to be expiated for by a dying-and-rising god lest man burn eternally in hell — is simply an absurd falsehood.  (And by the way, those scholars include the top hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, including Pope Francis himself!)  But the masses of Cretian believers believe ardently in their fantasy, no matter what its consequences may be.  The religious academics and hierarchy, however, dare not reveal the truth, lest they lose their jobs or, much worse, the entire house of religious cards suddenly comes crashing down.

    That would entail a revolution in government, which the Swamplings will do everything in their power to forestall.  However, eventually it will happen, as the voodoo cults from Mexico and other points south surge northward to fill the vacuum.  When that does begin to happen, it is at least possible that Whitey may wake up.  The Jew, of course, will invent some new reason to drag Whites into another one of their wars, but even that is not a sure thing.

    After all, when nihilism becomes the norm, it can lead to a transvaluation of all values (Umwertung aller Werte), as Nietzsche foretold so long ago.

  34. Go Speed Racer on Tue, 1st May 2018 3:30 am 

    Mastered Mind !!
    U are my new favorite person!
    More Mexicans leaving USA than entering?
    This is fabulous news! I hope soon
    they will all be gone! I’ll have to
    mow my own lawn, but I can get used to that.

    Can I buy you a hamburger and fries
    at the drive-in? Let’s go there in my
    ’57 Chevy.

  35. Rich on Tue, 1st May 2018 9:11 am 

    I guess either Kim gets damaged by America or the environment due to nuclear testing, a survival tactic, he isn’t suicidal.

  36. fmr-paultard on Tue, 1st May 2018 9:22 am 

    master race theedrich wants to replace catholicism with master race religion. he’s next up for award as recipient of most prestigious baghdad bob award for telling fake news.

    he said master race is supreme while saying fathertard francis is destroying his master race. clearly i’m a tard and i think wrongly that supremacism means being on the losing side.

    i’m a constantinean catholic, a term i made up …but i’m no longer an atheistic tard.

  37. fmr-paultard on Tue, 1st May 2018 9:24 am 

    good news i forgot to tell. fathertard francis got an earful from bishops in nigeria regarding killing of christians and clergy there. hopefully fathertard will reverse his stance. paul was persecutor of christaians one time. fathertard francis could end up starting a new crusade.

  38. fmr-paultard on Tue, 1st May 2018 9:30 am 

    master race theedirch is a brute, why he isn’t going to moscow to room with comrade putin is a mystery. they’re brute and tehy’re mainly on using force to solve problems.

    just look at master race’s avatard of the sunken head. that’s very loving and peaceful. clearly when his race take over there’s a lot of “getting along” kneeling near the ditch and sound of gunshot.

    see more of his “peaceful separation” ..the problem here is there’s just too much red. black is good but red is weak.

    master race is all about kinetic. he doesnt’ like domination through “love” the christian way.

  39. TheNationalist on Tue, 1st May 2018 10:42 am 

    The American dream is thus:
    For every nigger to go back to Africa with a kike under one arm and a spic under the other!

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