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.