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M6.3 ‘Explosion’ near Sungjibaegam, North Korea –USGS

Posted by feww on September 3, 2017


UPDATE: Japanese officials confirm the NK event as a nuclear test. [05:20UTC]

Powerful Seismic Shock Recorded 22km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea

The shock is believed caused by N. Korea’s sixth nuclear test, a two-stage thermonuclear weapon.

The explosion was exactly 10 times more powerful than the previous nuclear test conducted by NK in 2016.

“Possible explosion, located near the site where North Korea has detonated nuclear explosions in the past. If this event was an explosion, the USGS National Earthquake Information Center cannot determine its type, whether nuclear or any other possible type.” –USGS

Event Details:

Magnitude: 6.3 mb [Possible Explosion]
Location: 41.343°N, 129.036°E;  depth = 0.0 km
Region: Hamgyong-bukto
Date-Time: 2017-09-03, 03:30:01 UTC
Nearby Places:

  • Sŭngjibaegam, North Korea | 22.8 km (14.1 mi) ENE | Population: 11,786
  • Hau-ri, North Korea | 39.7 km (24.7 mi) WNW | Population: 13,581
  • Kilju, North Korea | 48.7 km (30.2 mi) NNW | Population: 63,652
  • Hoemul-li, North Korea | 54.0 km (33.5 mi) W | Population: 11,681
  • Hyesan-si, North Korea | 72.1 km (44.8 mi) E | Population: 192,680


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Fleeing Thermonuclear Bombs and King Tides

Posted by feww on October 28, 2015

Threatened by rising sea levels, Bikini Islanders request US refuge

More than 1,000 Bikini islanders have asked the United States to relocate them as rising sea levels threaten their homes.

The US government relocated the residents from Bikini Atoll to a nearby island named Kili in the Marshall Islands chain in the 1940s due to atomic bomb tests.

The US conducted at least 23 nuclear tests, including the massive hydrogen bomb, Bravo, the largest weapon detonated at the time, . Bravo (yield 15 Mt), an experimental thermonuclear device surface event, was detonated on Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954 as part of the Operation Castle. Source: U.S. Department of Energy (public domain).

In December 1945, President Harry S. Truman issued a directive to Army and Navy officials for joint testing of nuclear weapons “to determine the effect of atomic bombs on American warships.” Bikini was chosen for nuclear testing because of its location away from regular air and sea routes.

Their new home, however, is now threatened by the climate change dividends—rising sea levels, giant tides and ferocious storms.

Widespread flooding across the Marshall Islands last year caused extensive damage, leaving hundreds of residents homeless.

Bikini Atoll is one of the 29 atolls and five islands that comprise the Marshall Islands. The atolls are scattered over 925,000 square kilometers in the Pacific Ocean, north of the equator. The geographic area is referred to as Micronesia.

The plight of Bikini Islanders since their first forced relocation is posted at

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