It appears that a collapsed tunnel at a North Korea nuclear test site has collapsed killing at least 100 people and another hundred people are feared dead as they attempted to rescue those in the collapsed tunnel, according to a report.
The collapse occurred at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
According to a regional news agency, YonHap News:
A tunnel under construction at North Korea’s nuclear test site collapsed and as many as 200 workers could have been killed, a Japanese news report said Tuesday.
About 100 people were trapped inside when the unfinished tunnel at the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site collapsed, and an additional 100 people could have been killed while trying to rescue those trapped as a second collapse occurred, Japan’s TV Asahi reported.
The report didn’t provide further details, such as when the accident happened.
Experts have warned that the North’s nuclear test site must have become fatigued and unstable from six nuclear tests, including last month’s latest and most powerful one, that a collapse could happen at any time.
On Monday, the chief of South Korea’s weather agency Korea Meteorological Administration, Nam Jae-cheol, said during a parliamentary meeting that another nuclear blast could trigger a collapse of the North’s mountainous test site and a leak of radioactive materials.
The Telegraph adds:
On October 17, a study published by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University and published on the 38 North web site suggested the sixth underground test at the site had caused “substantial damage to the existing tunnel network under Mount Mantap”.
It added that there is a possibility that the site is suffering “Tired mountain syndrome”, although there were no indications that it was being abandoned for future nuclear tests.
Nam Jae-chol, the head of South Korea’s Meteorological Administration, warned in testimony before parliament on Monday that further tests at Punggye-ri could cause the mountain to collapse and release radioactivity into the environment.
“Based on our analysis of satellite imagery, we judge that there is a hollow space, which measures about 60 metres by 100 metres beneath Mount Matap”, he said. “Should another nuclear test take place, there is a possibility [of a collapse]”.
Chinese scientists have issued similar warnings, suggesting that nuclear fallout could spread across “an entire hemisphere” if the mountain did collapse.
According to The Federalist Papers:
“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.”
The consequences of nuclear testing are severe if you don’t know what you are doing and seeing the effects of the North Koreans as they test these bombs demonstrate that the consequences are not just dangerous for their neighbors but for their own people.
President Donald Trump has a trip scheduled to the region and perhaps it is well timed. While I am not in favor of us continuing to go down the road of removing “dictators” from areas of the world as we seem to destabilize the region, even more, every time we do it, other countries closer to North Korea, including China and South Korea may be more open to that idea.
I say, let them get involved and do the deposing, not the US.