SITE OF A 'SUPER-VOLCANO', MOUNT BAEKDU (ALSO CALLED PAEKTU IN CHINA) IS ALSO WHERE THE MADMAN OF NORTH KOREA CONDUCTS NUCLEAR TESTS.
KOREA, NORTH AND SOUTH, HAS IMAGINED ITSELF IMMUNE FROM EARTHQUAKE HAZARDS FOR CENTURIES, DESPITE QUAKES IN THE PAST.
KIM'S NUKE TESTS HAVE RATTLED BOTH COUNTRIES WITH MODERATE QUAKES UP TO A 6.0 MAGNITUDE, MAKING CLEAR THAT THE VOLCANO, WHICH LAST ERUPTED IN 1903, IS VERY MUCH AWAKE.
IN BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA, 80% OF THE BUILDINGS ARE NOT CONSTRUCTED TO WITHSTAND. QUAKES LARGER THAN 5.0 MAGNITUDE, AND THAT INCLUDES NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS.
NEWSWEEK, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
"Mystery Shocks at North Korea's Sacred Volcano Trigger Eruption Fears After Nuclear Test"
"Beijing reportedly closed the site over fears that underground detonations by the North Koreans at a facility near Punggye-ri could lead to rockslides and even trigger an eruption of the active volcano Mount Paektu, which is sacred to North Korea and located right on the border between the two countries.
The notices from Chinese authorities, restricting access to the Changbaishan National Nature Reserve, were posted on China’s state-regulated analog to Twitter Weibo, South Korea’s Donga Ilbo newspaper reported Thursday. It covers a radius of around 70 miles from the Punggye-ri test site.
Besides radioactive risks—which could be contained inside the test facility—the shock of a large blast could disturb mountains in the Changbai range, including Paektu, an active volcano that last erupted in 1903.
A new article in scientific journal 'Nature’s Scientific Reports' states that "an underground nuclear explosion test near an active volcano constitutes a direct threat."
It could "disturb the magma chamber of a volcano, thus accelerating the volcanic activity," scientists argue.
For an individual nuclear detonation to do serious damage to the volcano, previous research shows, the blast would need to be at least 100 kilotons, which the explosion earlier this month was estimated to be."
WELL, 100 KILOTONS IT WAS AND THE LUNATIC RULER CLAIMS THE NEXT ONE WILL BE BIGGER, EVEN THOUGH CHINA HAS WARNED HIM THAT ONE MORE BLAST COULD CAUSE AN ERUPTION OF THIS POWERFUL VOLCANO.
"Chinese geologists have warned North Korea that the consequences could be catastrophic if it conducts another test at the mountainous Punggye-ri nuclear facility, the South China Morning Post reports.
Pyongyang's September nuclear test was its most powerful yet. It was estimated to have a yield of 100 kilotons, which would make it roughly seven times as strong as the U.S. atomic bomb that decimated the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II in 1945."
FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR, Sacred Volcano in North Korea May Be Waiting to Blow
FORBES MENTIONED THE POSSIBILITY OF A 100-KILOTON DETONATION SETTING OFF THE SUPER-VOLCANO BACK IN AUGUST, BEFORE THE LATEST TEST.
"How North Korea Could Accidentally Trigger A Volcanic Super-eruption"
Aug 23, 2017
OTHER SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN WARNING OF AN IMPENDING ERUPTION SINCE AT LEAST 2006.
"Geologists warn that the time for the next eruption of Mount Baekdu is drawing near.
"Mt. Baekdu could erupt anytime soon," said geologist Yoon Sung-hyo at Busan National University, who has monitored the mountain for any changes. "A variety of indicators are backing this scenario. The thing we should try to predict is when. It’s clear it’s imminent." (Yoon Sung-hyo, EBS)
Professor Hong Tae-kyung at Yonsei University, department of earth system science in Seoul states that " The amount of volcanic ash from the most violent eruption nearly 1,000 year ago was enough to cover the entire the Korean peninsula to a height of 1.2 meters," he said, citing scientific studies.
"Baekdu’s caldera contains nearly two billion tons of water. If it evaporates into the air all of a sudden mixed with volcanic ash of a major eruption, it would be blown to the east and consequently engulf Vladivostok in Russia and Hokkaido in northern Japan."The main point is that if Baekdu Mountain erupts, the damage will be much more severe than any other eruptions in the world."
BIRTHPLACE OF KOREA, BEFORE WAR CREATED TWO NATIONS.
North and South Koreans consider the volcano and its caldera lake to be their countries' spiritual home (Both North Korea and South Korea claim each other's territory as their own).
The mountain was considered sacred by Koreans throughout history.
According to Korean mythology, it was the birthplace of Dangun, the founder of the first Korean kingdom, Gojoseon (2333–108 BC), whose parents were said to be Hwanung, the Son of Heaven, and a bear who had been transformed into a woman.
Many subsequent kingdoms of Korea, such as Buyeo, Goguryeo, Balhae, Goryeo and Joseon worshipped the mountain.
[FOR A 360-DEGREE VIEW OF THE MOUNTAIN AND CALDERA GO TO http://www.dprk360.com/360/paektu_mountain/]
The caldera was formed by the VEI 7 "Millennium" or "Tianchi" eruption of 946 AD, which erupted about 100–120 km3 of tephra (fragmental material produced by a volcanic eruption).
This was one of the largest and most violent eruptions in the last 5,000 years (alongside the Hatepe eruption of Lake Taupo at around 180 AD and the 1815 eruption of Tambora).
HOW BIG WAS THE LAST EXPLOSION? IT SENT VOLCANIC MATERIAL SAILING ALL THE WAY TO GREENLAND.
Mount Paektu has had at least two ignimbrite-forming eruptions in the past 5000 years. The tephra from the later eruption has been found in Greenland.
After these major eruptions, Mount Paektu had at least 3 smaller eruptions, which occurred in 1668, 1702, and 1903, likely forming the Baguamiao ignimbrite, the Wuhaojie fine pumice and the Liuhaojie tuff ring.
In 2014, the Government of North Korea invited volcanologists James Hammond of Imperial College, London and Clive Oppenheimer of the University of Cambridge to study the mountain for recent volcanic activity. Their work is expected to last for "two or three years".
(Park Si-Soo, Korea Times Jan. 19, 2010) In this context, “If an earthquake with the magnitude of 7 would occur, it could kill more than 50,000 people, injure more than 620,000, and tear down 929,000 buildings nationwide.” (National Emergency management Agency: NEMA Report, 2006 March, South Korea)
ANOTHER FUKUSHIMA IN THE MAKING?
"After the Fukushima accidents, Korean government is now preparing the measures to level up the walls around the nuclear power plants adjacent to the ocean. For example, “walls protecting the Kori No.1 reactor, which sits about 5.8 meters above sea level and began its operation in 1978, will be raised more than 4.2 meters, form the current 1.7 meters.”
(Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power)
Under this circumstance, concerns are growing in Korea about the safety of nuclear power plants. The worst case scenario like Fukushima is not far from reality in Korea. Consequently, the opposition from the residents near nuclear power plants and even in the candidate cities is getting fierce against the Korean power plants plans. Furthermore, environmentalists and civic groups are actively opposing the future plan of nuclear power plant construction in Korea."
IS KIM JONG UN CRAZY ENOUGH TO GO AHEAD WITH ANOTHER LARGE BLAST AND RISK THE LIVES OF MILLIONS?
IS SNOW WHITE?
HE HAS CLAIMED THAT HE WILL TEST THE NEXT DEVICE OVER THE PACIFIC, AS THE U.S. BEGAN DOING IN THE 1950s.
THAT COULD ALSO GO TERRIBLY WRONG.