Debriefing North Korean nuclear tests, 1 of 2: The physics

Reading Time: 4 minutes It was interesting to hear news of the recent (February 2013) North Korean nuclear test. NK had apparently detonated an approximately 6-7 kiloton fission warhead some 1 km into the earth’s crust. Seismic waves, created by the explosion’s released power, were picked up by several geological monitoring stations. Let’s review some of the physics andContinue reading “Debriefing North Korean nuclear tests, 1 of 2: The physics”