Could Mount Paektu Erupt on The Korean Peninsula Because Of NK
And Become A World Catastrophe Worse Than Any Hydrogen Bomb?
North and South Koreans consider the Mount Paektu and its caldera lake to be their countries’ spiritual home. It is also the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast China. A large crater lake, called Heaven Lake, is in the caldera atop the mountain. Since North Korea began testing its nuclear capabilities, experts have debated whether explosions at Punggye-ri could trigger another volcanic eruption.
UK Express noted on September 18, 2017 that officials in China closed a national park near the volcano to prevent the public approaching Mount Paektu due to fears it could erupt at any moment.
Nuclear tests from North Korea have triggered small tremors in the 70-square-mile Changbaishan National Nature Reserve – next to the volcano – prompting fears it could blow which led officials to close the park. A team of scientists from South Korea previously warned nuclear tests from Kim Jong-Un’s nation could trigger an eruption.
A team, led by Hong Tae-kyung, professor in the Department of Earth System Sciences at Yonsei University, in April 2016 looked at North Korea’s first three nuclear tests – in 2006, 2009, and 2013 – and found that any earthquake magnitude over 7.0 could cause a devastating eruption.
The earthquakes are getting stronger with each nuclear test – its 2006 test triggered an earthquale with a magnitude of 3.6, 2009 saw an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4, while 2013’s was 4.8.Hong Tae-kyung said: “An underground nuclear explosion test near an active volcano constitutes a direct threat to the volcano.” The report read: “North Korean nuclear explosions are expected to produce pressure changes of tens to hundreds of kilopascals, causing concern over the possible triggering of a volcanic eruption.”
The rare international scientific collaboration revealed that the magma chamber plumbing system beneath this mountain is far from dead; seismic imaging suggests that it has a fiery soul that’s tens of kilometres across and several kilometres deep. Scientists warn this could cause devastation around the entire globe if it goes through a massive eruption.
On September 3, 2017 the USGS said they registered a 6.3 magnitude explosion whose cause had not been determined but it was shallow at near-surface level about 21km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea. Source location is near where the NK is thought to have a missile test site. An official from South Korea’s weather agency said it believed it was an “artificial earthquake,” based on an analysis of the seismic waves.
On September 23, China and other earthquake monitoring systems registered a quake of 3.4 magnitude at what they believe to be the site of one of North Korea’s nuclear underground sites near Mount Paektu. They stated that it was a natural earthquake not a man-made explosion.
On October 12, a series of small tremors, landslides, and a 2.7 magnitude earthquake were reported coming from roughly the same area. The tremor was the latest in a string of at least three shocks to be observed since Pyongyang’s Sept. 3 nuclear test. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the quake at 2.9 magnitude at a depth of 5 km. and experts believe this activity was natural.
CNBC reported that the series of quakes prompted experts and observers to suspect the last test – which the North claimed to be of a hydrogen bomb – may have damaged the mountainous location in the northwest tip of the country, where all of North Korea’s six nuclear tests were conducted.
“The explosion from the Sept. 3 test had such power that the existing tunnels within the underground testing site might have caved in,” said Kim So-gu, head researcher at the Korea Seismological Institute. “I think the Punggye-ri region is now pretty saturated. If it goes ahead with another test in this area, it could risk radioactive pollution.”
I have always worried that this might be the result of NK’s stupidity. If China does not shut him down before another test, it may be that China, Russia, the greater portion of that half of Earth and waterways surrounding NK, and indeed the rest of the world will suffer not from his jackarse bombs which are indeed a worry but more importantly from the Pacific Rim volcanic destabilization and nuclear pollution caused by his testing.
Also, if the saturation of the ground with nuclear waste and gases is at maximum as some have suggested, then surface level in the entire region might be compromised and people could sicken or die from the poison. China is just across the river not far at all from much of this testing. They probably need to be monitoring air and water quality about now.
FORGET CLIMATE CHANGE INSANITY -Could this be the one thing that unites EVERYONE including China and Russia to eliminate the issue of the NK Regime? After all both Russia and China have borders in common and people in that region. This effects not just the local areas, but could potentially be a major eruption on the scale of Yellowstone if it hits full stride. Karma is a biatch especially for mentally deranged little boys in a men’s bodies who believe they have a right to play with big boy toys without impunity.
Even if the volcano does not blow, his constant missile tests have seeped into the underground tunnels, caverns, and by extension the waterways and air surrounding that area. People might die from long-term affects of the poisons who had nothing to do with his insanity.