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North Korea Blast Updates: Look, it's a Nuke; it's a Cloud; it's a Construction Site; it's nothing at all! | e-mail post
Yahoo has satellite photos that explain little.
The International Herald Tribune says the blast was a 2.6 on the richter scale, but Express India discusses a nuke test in 1998 that had confusing richter readings. In
The Chosun Ilbo tells the story of the statellite pictures in headlines:
- Sept 14 #1: "Satellite Photos Should Reveal Causes of Ryanggang Explosion"
- Sept 14 #2: "Gov't Scrutinizing N. Korean Explosion Explanation"
- Sept 15 #1: "Satellite Photos Raise More Questions about Mysterious Explosion"
CNN reports the German Ambassador says it looks like a construction site, but the Polish ambassador says the group has rendered no opinion yet. This is consistent with the word from the UK as well.
UPDATE (Friday AM): AFP via Yahoo now reports that a:) there may have been no blast at all, according to South Korea, and b) the North Koreans took the diplomats to a site 60 kilometers from the suspected blast site. A similar report from the Chosun Ilbo.
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