North Korea’s Latest Threat Brings Possibility of Massive Electromagnetic Pulse
North Korea launched it’s most advanced, capable missile recently, with a range that could reach the US mainland, and to top it off, they have hinted at a more dangerous test.
The missile launched, crested at 2,800 miles above earth, and splashed down into the Sea of Japan.
It has been determined that should the missile have been launched at a strike tragectory, it could easily reach America.
If North Korea were to carry out its threat of detonating a nuclear device over the Pacific, it would affect millions of lives.
“If North Korea does do an atmospheric test, it really does change the game,” Jenny Town, a managing editor at 38 North, a website for North Korea analysis, told Business Insider. “The amount of contamination it would cause both in the atmosphere and the ocean is something that will last for years.”
North Korea essentially nuking the ocean would have far-reaching effects and draw international condemnation.
With the amount of traffic at sea and number of people who rely on the ocean for food and their livelihoods, the test would most likely kill people directly or indirectly.
Atmospheric detonations of nuclear weapons carry the risk of electromagnetic pulses, which could shut down electrical grids and cripple infrastructure.
Why might North Korea perform atmospheric tests of fusion bombs, aside from Kim Jong-Un being dangerously insane?
North Korea’s underground testing site recently withstood a nuclear blast that experts have said was at least 10 times as powerful as the bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima — but reports of cave-ins, landslides, and mini-earthquakes have followed as the ground under the mountain has resettled.
Though intelligence sources suggest North Korea can still access its underground testing site, another test, especially a more powerful one, could blow the lid off entirely, making it more likely that the country would conduct it over the Pacific.
If North Korea failed to contain an underground test, the radioactive material could leak out and spread across the border to China, which Town said Beijing would see “as an attack on China.”
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