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Rising Radiation Close to Nuke Test Site
In a story updated in today’s South China Morning Post, Chinese radiation monitoring stations along their border with North Korea are reporting small, but steady upticks in a form of radiation that is particularly dangerous to humans in the wake of North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test last Tuesday. The radiation levels in all of the closest Chinese radiation monitoring stations to the N. Korean nuclear weapon’s test area showed significant increases in nonagrays per hour – the standard measurement unit for investigating the absorption of radiation by human tissue. The increase could be coming from the nearby Mt. Mantap where the North Koreans dig tunnels directly into the side of the mountain in which they conduct their “underground” nuke tests. The problem is that after the last test there were aftershocks centering from the mountain at an elevation of 2205 meters that were consistent with a landslide within the cavern created by the last test of their new hydrogen bomb – a device that was 7-12 times more powerful than any previous tests. Satellite imagery released by Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies was compared before and after the last test. It showed that ravines running down the mountain showed numerous landslides and there was evidence that the entire mountaintop had been uplifted. [insert] The bottom line is that the entire site may have become unstable due to the testing and may collapse, releasing ever more radioactive materials into the air.