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ECH1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:33 PM
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US detects second N Korea 'blast'
US intelligence has detected an explosion of less than one kilotonne in magnitude in North Korea but has not been able to determine whether it was nuclear or not, a senior intelligence official said.

We are aware that there was a sub-kilotonne explosion in North Korea, said the official. We have not been able to determine at this point whether it was in fact nuclear.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20554779-23109,00....
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:35 PM
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1. Sounds like part of Bush's "October Surprise"
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longship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:38 PM
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2. A fizzled nuke?
If the initiator doesn't supply some neutrons at the precise moment of criticality, the assembled fissionable material will blow apart without a sustainable chain reaction. The result is a very dirty explosion with little or no nuclear fission component.

Not saying that's what happened, but it could be.
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Taoschick Donating Member (391 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:44 PM
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4. Or perhaps
A more "conventional" detonation just to jerk our chains a little and put them in a better bargaining position?
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Vulture Donating Member (149 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:49 PM
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6. One gets that impression
An efficient and intentional sub-kiloton yield usually requires more advanced nuclear weapon engineering capability than the North Koreans currently have (if the description of the size of the devices means anything). The US builds tiny triggers with this kind of yield.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:38 PM
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3. Chimpy hit the button?
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jseankil Donating Member (604 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:48 PM
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5. Looking like this story is an error
34 minutes after it came out and no one else has picked it up, and the text appears to be refering to the first test not another one.
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