The North Korean bomb test that caused tremors in China: Mystery over rogue nation’s ‘hydrogen’ explosion that split children’s playground and shook roads and buildings hundreds of miles away
- Pyongyang claimed to have tested a thermonuclear weapon this morning
- The explosion triggered 5.1-magnitude earthquake which was felt for miles
- Footage said to show tremors in China, more than 100 miles from test site
- Showed highway shaking from earthquake and cracks opening on ground
- South Korea, U.S., other nations have disputed the nuclear test took place
Shocking footage from China is said to show the tremors of an earthquake created by North Korea‘s hydrogen bomb test, which took place more than 100 miles away.
The reclusive country announced it had carried out a ‘perfect’ thermonuclear test this morning, triggering a 5.1 magnitude earthquake.
A video from China’s north eastern Yanji county shows a highway shaking uncontrollably as a result of the blast.
Stills from the same area revealed cracks forming in a playground where many children had gathered and locals being evacuated from a building.
Yanji, Huichun and Changbai – which are located near China’s border with North Korea – are said to have felt the tremors the most.
Atomic weapons experts and North Korea’s opponents have cast doubt over the H-bomb explosion, saying the size of the blast and resulting earthquake was far too small to have come from such a device.
Hydrogen bombs can produce explosions up to 1,000 times more powerful than atom bombs, such as the one dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
That A-bomb delivered the equivalent of around 15 kilotons of TNT explosive, while the US hydrogen bomb tested at Bikini atoll in 1954 delivered 450 kilotons.
This extra destructive power means they are standard issue in the arsenals of the US, Russia, Britain and France.
South Korea’s spy agency said today’s blast produced an explosive yield of only six kilotons. One of the country’s senior lawmakers, Lee Cheol Woo, said even a failed hydrogen bomb detonation yields tens of kilotons.
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