Tunnel at North Korean nuclear test site collapses, 200 dead

An unfinished tunnel at the North Korea’s main nuclear test site has collapsed leaving around 200 people dead, Japan’s Asahi TV reported.

According to the report, a tunnel being excavated by around 100 workers at the Punggye-ri test site under Mantapsan (Mount Mant’ap) mountain collapsed earlier this month.

Punggye-ri in Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province.

s many as 200 North Korean labourers have been killed after a mine shaft being dug at the regime’s nuclear test site collapsed, according to Japan’s Asahi TV.

Sources in North Korea told the news channel that a tunnel being excavated by around 100 workers at the Punggye-ri test site collapsed earlier this month. Another 100 people subsequently died while attempting to rescue the first group of entombed workers, when the tunnel suffered a second collapse.

The collapse reportedly happened after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test at the site on Sept. 3 but the exact date was not provided.

According to satellite imagery, the sixth test – reportedly of a hydrogen bomb – has triggered landslides in the detonation area.

Experts have earlier warned that the underground nuclear tests could cause the mountain to collapse and leak radiation into the atmosphere.



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