“This Is A Big Problem” – North Korea Nuclear Test Site Headed For A Devastating Collapse

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Originally appeared at Zero Hedge

A group of Chinese scientists have joined their North American peers in warning that North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site could be on the verge of a dangerous collapse that could send a dangerous bloom of radiation floating over the border into Northern China.

As we’ve previously reported, China has stepped up its radiation monitoring on the border after detecting unsettling seismic activity surrounding the test site. Two weeks ago, a team of American scientists warned that the mountain above Pyungge-ri appeared to be suffering from “tired mountain syndrome” – a phenomenon commonly observed around Soviet Nuclear test sites.

And now in an effort to dissuade the North from carrying out another potentially destabilizing test, the South China Morning Post is reporting that a team of Chinese geologists warned their North Korean counterparts of a potentially catastrophic collapse of an underground nuclear test site on China’s doorstep during a briefing in Beijing last month.

"This Is A Big Problem" - North Korea Nuclear Test Site Headed For A Devastating Collapse

A day after North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb at the Punggye-ri facility on Sept. 3, a senior Chinese nuclear scientist warned North Korea that future tests could blow the top off the mountain, causing a massive collapse with radiation bleeding from cracks or holes in the mountainside.

Meanwhile, a researcher studying the radioactive risk from the North Korean nuclear programme at Peking University said China could no longer tolerate another land-based explosion.

“China cannot sit and wait until the site implodes. Our instruments can detect nuclear fallout when it arrives, but it will be too late by then. There will be public panic and anger at the government for not taking action,” the researcher said.

“Maybe the North Koreans themselves have realised that the site cannot take another blow. If they still want to do it, they have to do it somewhere else.”

This could be one reason why the North hasn’t moved forward with another test, like it has repeatedly threatened to do, since then, even as North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho announced at the United Nations that Pyongyang might consider detonating a “most powerful” hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

The Sept. 20 briefing covered a range of issues but North Korea’s nuclear tests topped the concerns for the Chinese government, according to Zhai Mingguo, a senior Chinese geologist who helped organise the meeting.

"This Is A Big Problem" - North Korea Nuclear Test Site Headed For A Devastating Collapse

“This is a big, sophisticated problem requiring multiple, systematic approaches. Our [meeting] is only a part of [the efforts],” he said.

The North Korea delegation was headed by Lee Doh-sik, director of the Geological Research Institute at the State Academy of Sciences.

“He is a top government geologist in North Korea, but he is not involved in the nuclear weapons programme,” said Professor Peng Peng, one of the Chinese geologists who met the delegation.

The atmosphere was reserved but friendly, according to several scientists who attended the meeting.

North Korea has conducted five of the six nuclear tests it has carried out since 2006 at Punggye-ri. The most recent blast set off low level tremors and dangerous landslides that alarmed scientists observing the site.

Should the mountain collapse, the radiation released could threaten the entire hemisphere. It could even become a global threat.

“The fallout can spread to an entire hemisphere,” said Lan Xiaoqing, an associate researcher at the Centre for Monsoon System Research at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Beijing.

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  • Solomon Krupacek

    The young, fat, hair-fashion padawyn slowly, but sure will finish.

    • pet

      Is he supposed to take care of Russian, Chinese and American interests before
      taking care about the interests of his own country and people and their
      survival? All three above mentioned countries seem to think so.

      • Solomon Krupacek

        americans are aggressive, but this butcher belongs in grave.

        • Lex

          Butcher? Whom has he butchered? You must be thinking of the USA. Or the Zionist entities. Or their jihadi pals. Those are butchers. Kim is just trying to defend his country, and China is backing him all the way – the sanctions are just for show. If the Chump hadn’t started his stupid nuclear war baiting, this wouldn’t be happening at all. North Korea has every right to defend themselves.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            did you live in commie dictatorship? if not, shut up!

          • FlorianGeyer

            The Gulags are in the US now Solomon if you care to look at the American Industrialised Prison System.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            gulags are in NK. also the regime does not deny

          • FlorianGeyer

            Not as bad as the US but the UK Elite is trying hard to catch up :)

          • Solomon Krupacek

            clintons cpck in your mouth

        • FlorianGeyer

          The US is responsible for many tens or even hundreds millions more deaths than North Korea has been.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            i talk only about NK. please, stay we at this. if will be article about usa, you can fantasize there.

          • FlorianGeyer

            Solomon, North Korea has not invaded anywhere since 1953 and that conflict was a civil war fought against American aggression and downright murder .

            The US in the time since 1953 has been invading and using Regime Change Terror all over the globe.

            They are two facts that you are still unwilling to accept Solomon, solely it seems because it does not suit the narrative you work to.

          • Gary Sellars

            1953 doesn’t count as an invasion as it was an attempt to reunify the country and expel the US who was attempting to replace Japan as the Colonial Occupier. SK was a dictatorship and Sygmun Rhee was a criminal and stooge. If NK had been left alone to win, the Korean peninsula today would be more like Vietnam today, peaceful and prosperous and no threat to anyone.

          • as

            South Korea as of today remained as a occupied state and ruled by puppet authority.

          • FlorianGeyer

            Indeed it would have been.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            i am talking about bloody divtator. he must die

          • FlorianGeyer

            Why?

          • Solomon Krupacek

            because is bloody dictator.
            i wish, the north korans be able to do this

  • Gary Sellars

    Alarmist BS. Murican test sites at Nevada and Soviet at Semipalatinsk & Novaya Zemyla have large numbers of collapsed pits where underground voids have imploded. Why are they not a issue yet a few low-yield NK tests will “threaten the hemisphere”?

    • Rodger

      Not to mention all the tests that were done out in the open.

      • Solomon Krupacek

        you have too simplified view

    • Solomon Krupacek

      this is another situation

      • FAGOTT

        Why? Explain it, please…

        • Solomon Krupacek

          1) the koream technology is primitive, large bombs, lot of radiactive ballast
          2) underground water is endangered

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    While I fully understand that the only reason the Best-Korea population is alive and well today is because the Korean people have built nukes as defensive deterrent’s successfully.
    However I do hope that best-Korea stops the large testing of these things.
    Nukes were invented by Zionist to nuke Goyim’s of Europe originally. The war ended so soon so then the used them on the Goyim’s of Asia.
    In the end Nukes were invented by Jews to nuke all Goyim’s around the world to advance Lucifer’s globalist satanic agenda.