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Originally posted by PatrioticAmerican
Erm... no, a country that has 4 mn tons of uranium at its disposal would never test a nuke...
Originally posted by spacedoubt
Apparently Gamma rays can be detected, even if the test is underground.
Any word on our Satellites detecting these?
Acton says that going for a 15 kilotonne yield was "the natural size" for a country trying to test a nuclear weapon.
Paradoxically, it is easier to make and test a Hiroshima-sized weapon of this size rather than to make a smaller one, which requires mastery of miniaturisation techniques.
"If it turns out to be less than a kilotonne, it could look very much like a fizzle," a bomb that failed to detonate properly and achieve a full chain reaction, Acton says.
Originally posted by longbow
Daedalus, again, I don't think Korea intentionally produced subkiloton tactical nuke. As I already posted, I think now they need strategical deterrence nuke that could wipe out whole city or military base. Tactical nuke is dangerous but not more than chemical weapons, it simply has not enough scare potential.
Originally posted by PEADY
I believe this was NOT a underground nuclear test.
Only one reason...the underground water system...If this was indeed a 15 megaton explosion the whole Korean peninsula would be effected with radioactive material.
The whole ecological system system would be damaged, considering the fact that north Korea has such a low water table.
China and south Korea would definitely notices the affects (maybe this is what the US is waiting for to confirm).It would flow into the sea of japan.
North Korea would not poison there own water supply..
Dumb move even for North Korea..
I'm a poker player and I say there bluffing...
Mods,If I'm right please please feel generous with points.
thank for your time -PEADY-.
.If this was indeed a 15 megaton explosio