North Korea’s nuclear test site has reportedly collapsed, killing hundreds

This image made from video of an Aug. 14, 2017, still image broadcast in a news bulletin on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, by North Korea's KRT shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un receiving a briefing in Pyongyang. North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on his military's plans to launch missiles in waters near Guam days after the Korean People's Army announced its preparing to create "enveloping fire" near the U.S. military hub in the Pacific. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (KRT via AP Video)

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Experts estimate that as many as 200 North Koreans have been killed in the collapse of the hermit kingdom’s nuclear test site.

North Korea’s nuclear test site, Mount Mantap, has been structurally unsound since the nation began testing their nuclear missiles under the mountain. Now, sources inside the hermit kingdom say that one of the tunnels near the test site has collapsed, according to The Telegraph. Allegedly, an initial collapse killed around 100 workers; when an additional 100 were sent in to rescue them, they too were killed.

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The hermit kingdom claims that the sixth test, which took place on Sept. 3, was a test of a hydrogen bomb. Officials estimate from the size of the quake that the explosion created was at least 17 times as powerful as the bomb that the United States dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, The Washington Post reports. The mountain has been suffering from a condition referred to as “tired mountain syndrome.” But the possible collapse of the tunnels may not have been the first casualties caused by North Korea’s nuclear missile tests–there have been multiple landslides from the mountain as well, the LA Times reports.

If the tunnels actually did collapse, there’s little chance that the hermit kingdom’s state media would report on the incident; the Telegraph cites Japanese media in their report. Also, North Koreans should be wary of their tunnels collapsing, if they actually do go down, then the resulting radioactive fallout could be deadly to surrounding civilians.

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