Could North Korea's nuke tests trigger a volcanic eruption?

Published June 9, 2017

An article on Vice’s MotherBoard about concerns that North Korea’s nuclear missile tests could trigger a volcanic eruption of Mount Paektu interviews Tracy Gregg, associate professor of geology and a planetary volcanologist. "Hypothetically, it is unlikely that a bomb could trigger a volcanic eruption at Mount Paektu. It's possible that if the volcano were already on the verge of erupting anyway, an extra seismic 'kick' from a bomb might push the volcano over the edge and cause it to erupt a bit earlier than it was planning to anyway," she said, adding that “there’s no indication that Mount Paektu is primed.”

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