North Korea Claims It Conducted A Nuclear Test

Sunday, October 08, 2006
Earlier this evening North Korea announced it has conducted a nuclear test. At 11:10 PM, Fox News reports that the USGeological Survey tells it "some seismic activity is coming in". Magnitude of 3.58 is the report. This may confirm the NK report.
This may even move the Foley story to Page 2, and will have major national security implications. It will pit the Carter Albright Clinton US-NK bilateral approach against the 6 party talks of the current administration.
Watch China and Japan in the next few hours.
Tomorrow should be interesting.
Update: Keep an eye on Knighthawk on Polipundit for , his great work on top of this story.
Fox news now reports at 11:56 that the US has confirmed the detonation from a "Senior Bush Administration Official" and the 3.5 Richter scale measurement is consistent with a detonation having less power than the 400 kiloton explosion they were hoping for.


Morgan said...

USGS had data up on this test here

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 4.2 (Light)

Date-Time Monday, October 9, 2006 at 01:35:27 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Monday, October 9, 2006 at 10:35:27 AM
= local time at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 41.311°N, 129.114°E
Depth 0 km (~0 mile) set by location program
Distances 70 km (45 miles) N of Kimchaek, North Korea
90 km (55 miles) SW of Chongjin, North Korea
180 km (110 miles) S of Yanji, Jilin, China
385 km (240 miles) NE of PYONGYANG, North Korea

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.9 km (9.3 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters Nst= 9, Nph= 9, Dmin=369.4 km, Rmss=1.13 sec, Gp= 97°,
M-type=body magnitude (Mb), Version=6

Event ID ustqab

Morgan said...

Click on the earthquake box for more details.

terrye said...

Well maybe now we can stop talking about Foley.

Knucklehead said...

The AP report I read this AM (as well as on the link vnjagvet provided) said approx. 500 tons yield. This is in the range of tactical nukular (tm) weapons (artillery, mines - see the Davey Crockett). Nukes that small are, oddly enough, apparently at the high-end of engineering capabilities (although the technology for accomplishing it is more or less a half-century old).

chuck said...

I note that some folks are trying to assess blame for this test. Why not blame NK? If NK was intent on having the bomb there was really nothing short of invasion or total embargo that would have stopped it. Unwilling to take those steps? Deal with it. The most deceptive meme over the last 15 years has been the idea that lesser measures would have any impact. The same holds for Iran.

So, we are entering an age of proliferation. Following proliferation there will be use, that is in the nature of things. We need to figure out how to live in such a world. In particular we also need to figure out when we will use our own nuclear weapons. Note the nuclear bombs aren't surgical weapons useful in battle, they are obliterative weapons.

Knucklehead said...


Yuppers. When a handful of the largest and most advanced nations had nukes it was a "manageable" (frightening nonetheless) problem.

Stir in an additional handful of whackadoodle-controlled nations and another handful of countries threatened by the whackadoodles and, like my mom always said, they won't be happy till somebody gets an eye put out.

Eventually nukes will be used again in warfare. We need to determine under what circumstances we will use ours and how best to apply them to achieve victory. It's heading toward "no if but when" territory.

Skookumchuk said...


We need to determine under what circumstances we will use ours and how best to apply them to achieve victory.

And also, a country that can't handle New Orleans very well has to be much, as in MUCH, better prepared to handle one or more nuclear devices going off in American cities. The old Cold War assumption was that - aside from an accidental launch - any exchange would probably be preceded by a high level of political tension between the US and USSR. Another Cuban Missile Crisis, in effect. That made the planning somewhat easier. Today of course, there would be no warning at all.

lurker said...


I wonder how much of an effect their underground test has to our Earth.

Morgan said...


Not much, the earth is very large, and naturally produces shocks this large hundreds of times a day (even if the 4.2 estimate is correct), and occasionally much larger. The radiation (if this was, in fact, a nuclear blast) is also no more than a brief buzz in the context of a planet containing trillions of tons of uranium (just in the crust), all giving off radiation naturally, and bombarded by radiation from space all day long, every day.

So don't worry about ol' Mother Earth. She'll be just fine.