Like earthquakes, large explosions send out shockwaves that can be detected on seismographs. Big nuclear bombs make big waves, with clear signatures that make them fairly easy to detect, analyze and confirm that they were caused by splitting atoms. But smaller blasts _ as
's appears to have been _ are trickier to break down. North Korea
This leaves a couple possibilities. Either
His agency estimated the North Korean blast at around 1 kiloton or less _ equivalent to the explosive force of 1,000 tons of TNT. For a nuclear device, that would be so weak that the French defense minister suggested that "there could have been a failure" with the North Korean reported test.
As much as I would like to believe they faked the whole thing, it seems unrealistic to believe they would fake a nuclear blast with such a small amount of explosives. Surely they know that they couldn’t fake a nuclear detonation with merely 1,000 tons of TNT.
This particular event aside, it is important to note why
For those of you who don’t know why this is read this, but here is a little sample:
The biggest military concern in striking North Korean nuclear facilities is the threat of North Korean counter-attacks.
, the South Korean capitol, lies within range of North Korean long-range artillery. Five hundred 170mm Koksan guns and 200 multiple-launch rocket systems could hit Seoul with artillery shells and chemical weapons, causing panic and massive civilian casualties. Seoul North Koreahas between 500 and 600 Scud missiles that could strike targets throughout with conventional warheads or chemical weapons. South Korea
Obviously, adding a handful of nukes to this already potent arsenal would do much for the North Korean military.
That being said, I am not sure if we should be afraid of