World War 3: North Korea Continues Nuclear Progress
While the World waits and talks North Korea is busy expanding and improving there Nuclear Weapons, something that will be devastating for the world in the years to come.
Japanese news agency Kyodo reports that the quake was caused by a “suspected explosion” at the site.
Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Nuclear proliferation watchdog the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) confirmed that an investigation is already underway following “unusual seismic activity.”
Zerbo said the tremor, and a second “seismic event,” took place roughly 50km from the site of previously confirmed tests, adding that they were “unlikely Man-made.”
If confirmed as a nuclear test, it would be the North Korean regime’s seventh. However, all previous tests registered above 4.3 on the Richter scale, with the most recent test on September 3 being recorded as a 6.3 magnitude quake.
The September 3 test spurred the latest raft of UN sanctions and has raised tensions between the US, its allies, and the North Korean regime.
Saturday’s quake follows an escalation of the combative rhetoric between the North Korean and US leaders this week.
Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump have exchanged a variety of barbs through state media agencies and Twitter respectively, in recent days.
In yet another escalation in the war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the POTUS has once again taken to Twitter to call out the ‘Rogue state.’
“Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before,” Trump tweeted Friday.
Trump appears to be upping the ante following the North Korean leader’s comments describing the US president as a “mentally deranged dotard.”
The move follows a sharp uptick in the schoolyard name calling between the two world leaders following the pronouncement of increased sanctions against the North Korean leadership.
The new sanctions include an Executive Order which targets foreign banks that do business with North Korea.
Pyongyang responded to the new raft of sanctions on Thursday by threatening to drop “the most powerful detonation” of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.
What is an H-bomb?
The main difference between the thermonuclear (hydrogen) bomb and classic atomic (fission) bomb is that it relies on a combination of fission and fusion reactions to yield an explosion. The atomic bombs rely purely on fission, the same process of splitting atoms as in a nuclear power plant reactor. Thermonuclear fusion, meanwhile, is a process, which keeps the Sun and other stars hot and shiny.
To put even simpler, a small fission device within a thermonuclear bomb is used as a detonator to launch the fusion of isotopes of hydrogen, which releases large amounts of energy. The thermonuclear devices can produce far more powerful yield than the atomic bombs. While the very first atomic device yielded 20,000 tons of TNT, the first thermonuclear device yielded 10 million tons.
Designs for atomic (L) and thermonuclear (R) bombs. © Wikipedia
Thermonuclear devices do not have a theoretic cap for their power, as new layers of fusion fuel can be added to it. The power of a device is limited only to the availability of the fusion fuel and its dimensions being small enough to be transportable.
Achieving a miniature size of the device requires quite a sophisticated level of technology, as the aforementioned first thermonuclear bomb, tested by the US in 1952, was as large as a three-story building, filled with isotopes of hydrogen. The device included large machinery to provide cooling for the fission fuel to keep it stable before the detonation.