China closes volcano park over fears Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons tests will spark huge eruption
The Sun ^ | 09/23/2017 | Jon Lockett
Posted on 9/23/2017, 10:52:29 PM by SeekAndFind
SCIENTISTS fear a volcano on China’s border with North Korea could erupt at any moment after being triggered into life by Kim Jong-un’s nuclear missile tests.
Mount Paektu is responsible for one of the most powerful eruptions in human history – and now scientists fear it could blow once more.
Officials in China have now closed the popular national park next to the volcano to keep the public safe, reports the Express.
Nuclear tests from North Korea have triggered tremors in the 70-square-mile Changbaishan National Nature Reserve which neighbours the volcano.
The Chinese authorities said: “For the safety and convenience of travellers, we have temporarily closed the southern tourist zone of Changbai Mountain.
“Officials are thoroughly investigating the safety of the tourist area. The area will remain closed to the public until the potential risks disappear.”
Mount Paektu once underwent one of the most devastating eruptions in history in 946AD producing enough ash to shower Japan almost 680 miles away.
A team of scientists from South Korea has warned nuclear tests from Kim Jong-Un’s nation could trigger another mighty eruption.
The team, led by Hong Tae-kyung, a professor in the Department of Earth System Sciences at Yonsei University, examined the impact nuclear testing has on seismic activity.
His report reads: “North Korean nuclear explosions are expected to produce pressure changes of tens to hundreds of kilopascals, causing concern over the possible triggering of a volcanic eruption.”
World leaders rounded on “maniacal” Kim earlier this month after the North Korean tyrant detonated a nuclear bomb twice the size of Hiroshima.
Announcing the country’s fifth and largest nuke test to date, regime-run television claimed the country could now produce warheads “any time we desire”.
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