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  • What if the North Korean nuclear test wasn’t a dud?

    More people are questioning whether the North Korean test was successful. Why? Maybe because no one wants to consider the alternatives: If the explosion was nuclear and successful, the relatively small seismic shock suggests the yield was quite small, much smaller than the sweet spot of 15-20 kilotons most countries have used for their first…

  • Was North Korean Nuclear Test a Fizzle?

    Time to learn a new word: fizzle. “Either this was a deceit using a few hundred tons of chemical high explosives or it was a nuclear device that did not go as intended,” said Bob Puerifoy, a former Sandia National Laboratories weapons executive. “I won’t call it a dud — a few hundred tons of…

  • Was North Korean nuclear test a dud?

    North Korea claims to have successfully tested a nuclear bomb and is awaiting congratulations. Even if the world had wanted North Korea to test, are kudos warranted? Previously, North Korea caused a 2.3 magnitude seismic event using two metric tons of TNT. The event yesterday was magnitude 4.2, just about 100 times as powerful. Would…