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N Korea nuke tests may disturb volcano

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China has limited access to a nature reserve on its border with North Korea after mysterious seismic shakes at the rogue nation's nuclear test site were detected less than ten minutes after it launched a missile earlier this month. 

Beijing repotedly closed the site over fears that underground detonations by the North Koreans at a facility near Punggye-ri could lead to rock slides 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.

"For the safety and convenience of travelers, we have temporarily closed the southern tourist zone of Changbai Mountain," the message from Chinese authorities, translated by UPI said. "Officials are thoroughly investigating the safety of the tourist area." The area will remain closed to the public until "the potential risks disappear," it said. 

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-shocks-north-korea-apos-114918974.html

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I can't recall where I read it but there is some concern that the mountain under which these tests have all been performed might actually collapse due to being structurally undermined by the continued release of such energy.  It would potentially be a catastrophic environmental event.  If it were to happen, the Chinese might finally get on board with reining this dog in.

ETA:  This is one of 4 links I found on the topic.

http://www.businessinsider.com/satellite-images-north-korea-nuclear-test-site-could-collapse-2017-9

Lovely, what?

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