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.

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Author: Tyler Durden

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