Putting North Korea's "Bomb Test" In Context

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.


SilvaDolla Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:30 Permalink

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.

wildbad Dame Ednas Possum Tue, 09/05/2017 - 03:23 Permalink

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.

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Anteater Stackers Tue, 09/05/2017 - 01:45 Permalink

Amazing how the timing of KJU tests mirrors news of Mueller'sinvestigation of Trump Jrs admitted treason! You don't see Don Jranymore, because he fingered Kushner and the Soviet Jew mafiyafinanciers behind Trump's ascension. "We are First and Foremosta Friend of Israel!" That's the loyalty oath they all took. Don Jr isbeing '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 onabout '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.

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Think for yourself Perimetr Tue, 09/05/2017 - 07:57 Permalink

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.

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TxExPat Perimetr Tue, 09/05/2017 - 08:43 Permalink

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...). 

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kbohip thunderchief Tue, 09/05/2017 - 01:43 Permalink

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.

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ET (not verified) Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:27 Permalink

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 (not verified) Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:36 Permalink

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.

grishnackh Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:43 Permalink

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.

Anteater SilvaDolla Tue, 09/05/2017 - 01:24 Permalink

More Fake News! Initially M5.1 and 4KT,  now Deep State claimsM6.3 (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 Chinaseismologists, do they all suck USGS dick? KJU doesn't haveenough coolies to dig a test hole down that deep. If it was at thesurface, where is the spy camera photo? 'We can read a licenseplate from space', remember? Now KJUs testing 'another ICBM'.No he isn't! He never had one! The July test went straight up inthe sky, broke up as they always do, then fell into the sea again! Correct headline: 'DPRK to Test Another Un-Guided Rocket AfterLatest 'A-Bmob' Test Charade, No Radioactivity Detected' If it's this easy for Rothschilds Khazars to 'Yellow Cake' theUS, JP, SK and CH into WW3, then glass Tel Aviv and end theNew Bolshevik Terror Pogrom. Better, put all the dual-citizenIsraelis in WADC/NYC into detention camps until shit settles.Then after a year with no terror and false flags, have a trialsand summary execution by the families of their many victims.Throw Cheney and Rumsfeld on the bodies, and bury them inexcrement. 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? 

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Byrond Tue, 09/05/2017 - 01:33 Permalink

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. 

land_of_the_few Byrond Tue, 09/05/2017 - 04:03 Permalink

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.

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ItsDanger Tue, 09/05/2017 - 01:34 Permalink

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.

Trisy Tue, 09/05/2017 - 03:28 Permalink

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

John_Coltrane Tue, 09/05/2017 - 03:42 Permalink

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 John_Coltrane Tue, 09/05/2017 - 04:23 Permalink

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.

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