North Korea is escalating its development of nuclear weapons at an alarming rate. Recent activities and missile tests have already represented a huge threat to other countries, but now it seems there may be a threat to the Earth itself.
Why? North Korea’s most recent nuclear test was so powerful that it “moved” the Earth’s crust.
The nuclear test in question occurred back in September. North Korea confirmed it tested an H-bomb under a mountain at Punggye-ri in the fall. This bomb would be ten times more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima during World War Two.
“When you have a large nuclear test, it moves the Earth’s crust around the area, and it takes a while for it to fully subside. We’ve had a few of them since the sixth nuclear test,” an American geological survey official said.
In fact, two minor tremors were detected just this past weekend from the mountainous North Korean test site. They registered a magnitude of 2.9 and 2.4 and were probably still aftereffects caused by the sixth nuclear test back in September.
There is some concern that this test could have damaged the underground mountain site. There were also rumors that up to 100 workers had been trapped at the location, despite there being evidence that two new test tunnels may have recently been created in the area.
Fears are growing that Kim Jong-un is planning to test his nuclear weapons above ground, especially after receiving harsh words from Donald Trump. The American President claims he would “totally destroy” North Korea if it threatened the United States.
Another, more geographical concern, involves a nearby active volcano. There have been several earthquakes coming from Punggye-ri since the nuclear testing began, and it is feared that these could cause Mount Paektu to erupt.
The volcano is considered a sacred location to North Koreans and is featured prominently in Korean folklore. State media reported that Kim Jong-un along with several military officials climbed the 9,000-foot structure to “emphasize his military vision”.
Kim Jong-un allegedly climbed the snowy summit of the volcano without any specialized gear and while wearing smart, leather dress shoes.
Mount Paektu has not erupted since 1903, but it is believed that the nearby nuclear testing could spur another eruption of the otherwise tranquil volcano. Kim Jong-un claims the sacred site is the birthplace of his grandfather, North Korea’s first dictator Kim Il-Sung.
There is evidence to the contrary, and Kim Il-Sung could have also been born in the Soviet Union, but the volcano is integral to the North Korean identity, so the altered birthplace makes for a better story.
While North Korea may be sending vibrations into the Earth’s crust, South Korea is causing some vibrations of their own. The Southern neighbor regularly blasts sound vibrations in the form of popular songs through high powered speakers into the communist country.
Watch this video to hear the sounds of Queen’s song ‘We are the Champions’ being played over specialized speakers, called propaganda speakers, which are capable of carrying sound over long distances.
In the video, a tourist stands in the demilitarized zone, aiming his camera toward North Korea as its inhabitants are forced to listen to the classic winner’s celebration song. Check it out!