Putting North Korea's "Bomb Test" In Context

Tyler Durden's picture

On Sunday, North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear bomb yet, detonating a device that caused a 6.3 magnitude tremor.

The weapon's sheer power has caused alarm but the fact that Pyongyang is claiming it can be fitted inside an intercontinental ballistic missile is sending shockwaves through Asia and beyond.

Using data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Statista's Niall McCarthy presents the following infographic provides an overview of the strength of all North Korean nuclear tests since 2006.

Infographic: North Korea Tests Its Most Powerful Bomb Yet  | Statista

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Sunday's detonation was estimated to have been 100 kilotons or more, far more powerful than previous tests and the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. How does it compare with the warheads inside current U.S. and Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles?

According to the Economist, the U.S. Trident and Russian SS ballistic missiles have a yield of 455 and 800 kilotons respectively.

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SilvaDolla's picture

Russia has an 800 Kiloton warhead?! This make makes me proud of our country and my fearless leader....Vladimir Putin. I will gladly submit myself to mother Russia's will and breed with some of their lovely ladies to avoid nuclear annihilation.

I'm willing to fall on that grenade for you guys.

Perimetr's picture

The chart is bogus

because the North Korean test was reported to be between 100 kilotons and 1000 kilotons (1 megaton).

Which, if it were at the top end of the possible yield

would make the North Korean weapon larger than any of the warheads depicted

SilvaDolla's picture

Are you serious with that range?

"It was either THIS powerful...or it was 10x that powerful...somewhere in there."

Stackers's picture

Previous ones were fission bombs
They've gone full thermonuclear fusion bomb now.
Bad news

Taint Boil's picture

Putting into context ..???... how about showing the rest of the world's countries and their number of tests.... Yeah that's what I thought.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Mother, do you think they'll drop the bomb? 

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

By the way... which one's Pink? 

wildbad's picture

I am against wars of aggression.

Kim has now put himself in a bad position. He has made his threats credible with this thermo test and will now be seen by china, russia, japan, s. korea and trump as a mad dog who can really shake up the world order.

russia is evacuating their n. korea border (imo due to back channel talks with trump), japan is recalling its 60k citizens from s. korea for the same reason. you can be china is doing so quietly too.

i anticipate an attack very soon.

it will be kicked off with a few 'rods from god' and will be followed by tactical nukes to flash the north side of the demil zone.

then the fun starts.

the bombers are already in the air and the strike jets are heavy and waiting.

1953 all over again with digital targeting.

land_of_the_few's picture

So how did the US-SK war games go, just before all these tests and launches? Almost as if they were trying to provoke something?

Oh and how is it going with pressuring SK into taking THAAD? Maybe some excuse will need to be cooked up for that, they don't seem too willing, something to do with sovereignty?

Anteater's picture

Amazing how the timing of KJU tests mirrors news of Mueller's

investigation of Trump Jrs admitted treason! You don't see Don Jr

anymore, because he fingered Kushner and the Soviet Jew mafiya

financiers behind Trump's ascension. "We are First and Foremost

a Friend of Israel!" That's the loyalty oath they all took. Don Jr is

being 'bleached' right now, like Kanye was. Next time you see him,

he'll be pale and forgetful, no memory of Kushner and 'adoptions'

(sic) of underage Ukrainian girls, being put on the street by Kiev.

And over the whole investigation cycle, non-stop US media psyop on

about 'DPRK Has The Bmob' and 'Trump Really Means It This Time!'

Wait until Mueller announces his indictments, for yuuge false flags.

If Kushner is going down for treason, 1,000s of Americans will die.

Tebow's picture

None of us hebe's are Soviet Jews we are Russian Jews.

Crazy Or Not's picture

You (rightly) said: Are you serious with that range?

"It was either THIS powerful...or it was 10x that powerful...somewhere in there."

Yeah, that used to be called we know shit.

Think for yourself's picture

Larger than the missiles depicted. Definitely. The US was playing with megaton+ nukes 65 years ago. They've been at it a long time and bave been having massive returns in areas other than yield, especially in miniaturization - you're probably well aware that yield has been seriously minimized since then, because they realized in the 60s-70s that the megaton race was compromising both the strategic and tactical value of the nukes. Doesn't the US and the URSS develop ICBMs with anywhere from 10-80 MIRVed warhead+decoys with each active warhead (5 to 20. Of them) in the megaton range? At this point for all we know the US might just as well mount a single 1000kt warhead on a shoulder-launched RPG....


That being said i was surprised at the picture of the nork nuke, assuming this is the same model tested. It doesnt seem clunky at all, and is probably very apt to be placed on appropriate delivery vehicles, which is what NK seems to be missing. Their latest longrange ICBM test has barely moved past the level of catapulting a schoolbus. The US has faced such ICBM threat for over 50 years, no way their THAAD/aegis/patriot etc isnt ready to deal with it. Although NK is moving fast, welcome to the 21st century everyone.

TxExPat's picture

The Lie is that the Korean warhead is 1 missile/1 warhead.  US/Soviet Weapons are MIRV's (Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicles).  Each us SBLM (Sea Launched Ballistic Missile) carries roughly 8 MIRV warheads on each missile.  The MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) Logic is that it is better to flatten 8 seperate cities, than one city + 20 or so miles of surrounding countryside...

(Land Launched ICBM's run larger than SLBM's, but the logic still applies, it's generally better to put more warheads in one missile than bigger ones).  

The other side of the MAD Logic is that if your enemy posesses, (or might soon posess) a serious missile defense, it's better to swarm that defense with herds of incoming warheads than bank on individual large warheads getting through...  (something for the NOOKS to think about there, even if the US ballistic missile defences are of "Hail Mary" quality, if your opening salvo is in the 1-3 missiles range, "Hail Mary" might actually work, with the potential US response being in the range of 1<=>Thousands of Warheads...

MAD logic dosen't actually work, however, if one side actually is Mad (Looking at you Kim...).


thunderchief's picture

The best weapon against North Korea is to ignore them.  Nothing is more dangerous for kim and his junta.

They are basking in the limelight right now, all eyes on the little country with nothing.

Sad for South Korea, dissapointing again with Trump.

kbohip's picture

Maybe, or maybe they keep ramping up the bomb tests until they get to the point they're impossible to ignore?  Who knows what's going through Kimmy's head?  Ignoring them is fine with me too but sooner or later NK is going to fuck up one of their missile tests and hit SK, Japan, or maybe even China.  Even if the missile just lands there the result would be the same.  War.

Juggernaut x2's picture

So let the Chinks deal with NoKo- we ship them all of our jobs AND have to defend them, too?

SilvaDolla's picture

I'm cool with ignoring NK.

C-can I still breed with Russian women? Or nah?

HRClinton's picture

Enjoy this interactive Blast Map, that lets you pick the Yield and Location. 



ET's picture

Kim Jong Un is badly underestimating the wrath of Trump.

If one of Kim's missiles lands on US soil, it is all over for Kim.


Money Mantra's picture

It goes both ways. I am glad I am in England currently. We have a lot of problems but you may have bigger ones.

QEpp's picture

US is a big place.  If you're out in Oklahoma somewhere, probably very little risk.

land_of_the_few's picture

Probably very little risk in any case, the whole thing is just the usual gimme-cash provocations by the MIC.

Anteater's picture

Trump is a grossly overweight doddering pre-senile 70 year old.

He should be playing bingo, instead of wandering off stage and

forgetting lines, pretending in court (for fraud) he forgot glasses.

Charade is over. The Emperor has no clothes. Long live the Czar!

gmrpeabody's picture

Does your mommy know you are using her computer..?

soyungato's picture

Our Nuke can kill him 1000000X over. His nuke can only kill us 100x over. We win !!!

soyungato's picture

Do I really need to put a sarc/ at the end of the post ?

whatswhat1@yahoo.com's picture

"Do I really need to put a sarc/ at the end of the post ?"


The short answer is YES!, because ZH trends towards being a moron magnet.

land_of_the_few's picture

*what* do you win exactly, millions of people who will fight with their bare hands if necessary, and have been told since birth the US wants to invade?

It's not going to be flowers greeting the tanks. And, the Norks nearly won ALL of Korea last time.

TxExPat's picture

Er, Actually it was the Chinese swarming over the Yalu River because the Norks were on the ropes that nearly won ALL of Korea last time. 

(Oceania has never been at war with our good Allies in Eastasia, And Eastasian and Oceanian Troops have never been in direct conflict, at least in the current version of the Truth...).


Money Mantra's picture

Good article Tylers


Shepwave analysts called the moves and volatile markets in August and are looking for more of the same in September. Sometimes their calls are quick money makers that can be missed.  Keep it up.

SilvaDolla's picture

OMG...give it a break ShepTroll.

SumTingWongJr's picture

I'd like to see Shepware analysts vaporized by 40000 atomic bombs dropped on their f'ing heads.

grishnackh's picture

I love this site, but this article needed more research.

The Russian 'SS' ICBM? Would this refer to the SS-18 by chance? The chart should put into context that said missile can carry up to 10 independently targeted warheads with a yield of 550 to 750 kilotons OR one unitary warhead of 18-25 megatons. This would blow the rest of the chart out of the water.

Referring to the US SLBM on the chart as 'Trident' is a bit imprecise as the model number is D-5, but regardless, the chart should mention that said missile carries 8 to 12 independently targeted warheads. This would put the new DPRK test in a bit more context.

SilvaDolla's picture

That....doesn't make me feel any better about things.

Well, that actually may be better. I would rather have a guarantee of being vaporized almost immediately rather than a slow and painful death by radiation exposure.

Anteater's picture

More Fake News! Initially M5.1 and 4KT,  now Deep State claims

M6.3 (16× more powerful) but also '100+KT' WTF does that mean?

If it was 100+KT, it would be M6.5. What about Japan and China

seismologists, do they all suck USGS dick? KJU doesn't have

enough coolies to dig a test hole down that deep. If it was at the

surface, where is the spy camera photo? 'We can read a license

plate from space', remember? Now KJUs testing 'another ICBM'.

No he isn't! He never had one! The July test went straight up in

the sky, broke up as they always do, then fell into the sea again!


Correct headline: 'DPRK to Test Another Un-Guided Rocket After

Latest 'A-Bmob' Test Charade, No Radioactivity Detected'


If it's this easy for Rothschilds Khazars to 'Yellow Cake' the

US, JP, SK and CH into WW3, then glass Tel Aviv and end the

New Bolshevik Terror Pogrom. Better, put all the dual-citizen

Israelis in WADC/NYC into detention camps until shit settles.

Then after a year with no terror and false flags, have a trials

and summary execution by the families of their many victims.

Throw Cheney and Rumsfeld on the bodies, and bury them in

excrement. Grow poppies for all the 10,000,000s of war dead.

I'll bet you believe Saddam was responsible for 9/11, don't you?


SilvaDolla's picture

Hell no. Bush/Cheney and Halliburton were responsible for 9/11.

land_of_the_few's picture

Most likely Voevoda and Sarmat could lift a single 50MT warhead, should such a thing be produced.

But after that it gets into stupid-looking-nosecone territory. Does it vibrate too? 

Byrond's picture

But H bombs are supposedly adjustable, so any current NK warhead could be ten times more powerful. In any case, the NK bombs could malfunction readily, making their existence in the region a major threat, even if they're just sitting around in a silo. Or in a sub or under Kim's pillow. 

guru69's picture

I believe he has a thermonuclear butt plug.  It's in its "silo" waiting to be deployed.  Any takers?

land_of_the_few's picture

Latest info suggests he was using boosted devices not hydrogen bombs. The small amount of hydrogen fused is to provide an intense neutron source to more completely fission the primary uranium/plutonium parts, much of which normally don't get used up.

Plus, you can't make a bomb more powerful by giving it variable yield- in much the same way that a dimmer switch doesn't give a bigger lightbulb.

ItsDanger's picture

Is NK that sparsely populated that they can do these tests without radiation risk so easily?  How deep are these tests?  Not sure if I believe most of these reports.  Ideally, NK would want US troops out of SK  How is this strategy working to that end as it does not allow US an easy way out.  Seems more like China is pulling strings here.

Dr. Bonzo's picture

These "marching toward doom... but not quite there yet" articles just continue to make no sense to me whatsoever.

Trisy's picture

Nagasaki was never deployed, I personally enquired a testimonial who was not so far from there and she never heard any BOOOOOOOMM!

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

...and the earth is flat, too.  :)

John_Coltrane's picture

Look, if we want Kim to take us seriously we need to send him a credible diplomat like the 6'10" rebounding machine named Dennis Rodman and his trusty sidekick, Madonna. Together, they can use a rebounding clinic and BJs to persuade little Kim to be a good boy and quit annoying us with his ICBM launches and underground explosions.

Failing that, can't we just ignore NK. They are only a threat to themselves as their starving people can attest.
Our problem is the invaders from the south-let's focus on that. Ending DACA is a good start.

land_of_the_few's picture

Name some of the starved people. Give us some pictures.

Because you know what, that wouldn't be so hard in other countries.

As an example - a mummified corpse of a working-age woman was found in one of the Eastern European EU states.

You know how it goes - no job, no social security, runs out of money, feels bad about asking for help ..... won't open the door (scared of debt collectors).

They found her after 4 years dead in her apartment, mummified.

They also regularly have poor folks and pensioners walking the streets in winter with multiple layers of supermarket bags and trash-bags on their feet, to prevent frostbite/gangrene.

Welome to the New World Order.