North Korea, a virtual black hole for the media with limited state-run press and very little information finding its way out, may have had a tragedy on October 10 with the collapse of a nuclear test site tunnel. According to a report on Asahi TV in Japan, around 200 people may have died.
200 feared dead after tunnel collapses at North Korean nuclear test site, Japanese TV claims | Fox News
About 200 people are feared dead in North Korea after underground tunnels at a nuclear test site that was feared to be unstable reportedly collapsed, crushing 100 people in the initial cave-in and 100 others when the tunnels again gave way on top of rescuers.
The collapse at the Punggye-ri test site on Oct. 10 occurred while people were doing construction on the underground tunnel, Japan’s Asahi TV reported, citing a source in North Korea. The television station also said North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3 most likely caused the tunnel to crumble and created serious damage in the region.
As we reported two weeks ago, the areas where North Korea is allegedly conducting nuclear weapons tests may be experiencing “tired mountain syndrome.” The North Korean government does not allow information to flow out, leaving leaks and the occasional intercept of news as the only view inside the isolated nation.