Data from satellite images of North Korea’s nuclear test site reveal a significant change of landscape that demonstrates the strength of the regime’s most recent test, which proved to be more powerful than previous ones and 105-kilotons stronger than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during WWII.
Nuclear test site in North Korea Photo Credit: Planet labs/Channel 2 News
The world is closely following North Korea’s latest nuclear tests as satellite pictures of the test site revealed that the hydrogen bomb was so powerful that it caused the landscape to move.
Experts who analyzed the satellite images explained that the pictures show that the latest nuclear test by the isolated regime was extremely powerful in comparison to the five previous nuclear tests that were carried out thus far.
Japan, a country that has experienced the devastations of nuclear warfare, has warned against North Korea’s significant technological advancement. Tokyo has estimated that Pyongyang’s hydrogen bomb was 10 times as strong as the two bombs developed in the Manhattan Project and dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US at the end of WWII.
According to Japan’s Defense Ministry, the analysis of the earth’s movement at the test site shows that the amount of energy generated during the recent test was at least 160-kiloton strong, 40-kiloton more powerful than previous Pyongyang tests and no less than 105-kiloton stronger than the two bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters that the nuclear test was “the most powerful in comparison to previous tests” carried out by North Korea, a fact that proves the country’s significant advancement in its nuclear technology.
The North Korean threat has been greatly worrying world leaders, including in Europe, who at the current development rate may soon be in the regime’s firing range as well. French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly addressed the recent developments, saying: “We cannot dismiss the scenario of escalation towards a significant armed conflict [with North Korea].” She also warned that “Europe will be exposed to missiles earlier than expected.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the nuclear test and called it a “violation” of resolutions made by the UNSC (United Nations Security Council), but emphasized that the crisis cannot be solved with military means and called for negotiations with North Korea.
Nuclear test site before (right) and after (left) Photo Credit: Planet labs/Channel 2 News