Newspatrolling: In an unprecedented escalation, North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb today. The development has rattled the United States and the rest of the world as well since it as enabled North Korea to move a step closer to acquiring the capability to launch nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Security experts have already expressed their concerns that North Korea could soon acquire the capability to target US cities with nuclear missiles. Even European countries are worried since many of them are allies of United States and can be targeted by North Korea in the event of a full-scale war. The most threatened and at risk are countries immediately neighboring North Korea such as South Korea and Japan that have good relations with United States.
The hydrogen bomb tested by North Korea today was the most powerful to be conducted by the country till date. The hydrogen bomb is technically referred to as a two-stage thermonuclear device. The test of the hydrogen bomb took place at an underground testing facility in Punggye-ri, which is located in a mountainous terrain. The bomb created an earthquake of the magnitude 6.3, which experts said was proof that the nuclear bomb was successful. Experts have estimated the yield to be around 120 kilotons, which is way above the 15 kiloton bomb dropped on Hiroshima and 20 kiloton bomb dropped on Nagasaki during World War II. North Korea has also claimed to have developed the capability to launch an electromagnetic pulse or EMP, which could have devastating effects.