On Sunday, North Korea detonated its sixth nuclear weapon and first hydrogen bomb.
According to dailymail.co.uk:
This, according to experts, indicates the hydrogen bomb had a 100-kiloton yield.
Like me, you probably don’t know your kiloton from your kilogram.
But here’s an analogy that will make the scale of this weapon and explosion crystal clear for everyone: that means the device was SEVEN TIMES stronger than the atomic bomb America dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
The kind of intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea deploys to carry such a bomb could technically reach the United States.
And Vipin Narang, a nuclear expert at MIT, told the Washington Post that North Korea could ‘destroy the better part of a city with this yield.’
Put all these facts together, and you start to understand just how serious and potentially catastrophic this crisis has become.
No wonder then that Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned ‘any threat to the United States or its territories, or our allies, will be met with a massive military response – both effective and overwhelming.’
Nor that Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Korean peninsular was now ‘closer to war than at any time’ which would be ‘a disaster for the region and world.’
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