North Korea Tests Nuclear Device 7x The Size Of Hiroshima Bomb

From the Washington Post:

North Korea sharply raised the stakes Sunday in its standoff with the rest of the world, detonating a powerful nuclear device that it claimed was a hydrogen bomb that could be attached to a missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.

Even if Kim Jong Un’s regime is exaggerating its feats, scientific evidence showed that North Korea had crossed an important threshold and had detonated a nuclear device that was vastly more powerful than its last — and almost seven times the size of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

The nuclear test took place at exactly noon local time at North Korea’s Punggye-ri testing site and was recorded as a 6.3-magnitude earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed eight minutes later by a 4.1-magnitude earthquake that appeared to be a tunnel collapsing at the site.

South Korean officials and independent nuclear scientists estimated the yield — the amount of energy released by the weapon — to be 100 kilotons. That would make it almost seven times as strong as the U.S. atomic bomb that destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945.

After North Korea’s testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile in July, Trump said in a statement that the country would face “fire and fury” if North Korea continued testing its weapons. He later added via Twitter that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded.’

In response to this recent testing, Trump took a swipe at our ally, South Korea, for its “appeasement” of North Korea and also at China saying the situation has become a “great embarrassment” to the country.

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