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North Korea Announces ‘Successful’ H-Bomb Test

Posted by feww on January 6, 2016

“[North Korea] deserved to hold nuclear weapons to counter nuclear threats by the US” —State media

North Korea says it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, as earthquake monitoring centers reported a significant seismic event near the main nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.

“The republic’s first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00 am on January 6, 2016,” said the North Korean state TV.

A powerful weapon, developed in the 1950s by the United States, the hydrogen bomb, aka thermonuclear bomb, uses the nuclear fusion of hydrogen isotopes in a chain reaction to deliver a more devastating payload than the atomic bomb, which is powered by nuclear fission.

The H-bomb is said to be a “cleaner” bomb than its atomic cousin because it has less radioactive fallout, but delivers more bang for the buck.

Significant earthquake strikes near Sungjibaegam, NK

  • Magnitude: 5.1
  • Location: 41.305°N 129.039°E depth=0.0 km (0.0 mi)
  • Time: 2016-01-06 01:30:01 (UTC)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 21km (13mi) ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea
    • 37km (23mi) WNW of Hau-ri, North Korea
    • 44km (27mi) NNW of Kilju, North Korea
    • 54km (34mi) WSW of Hoemul-li, North Korea
    • 376km (234mi) NE of Pyongyang, North Korea

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