(Reference Photo) Old, weak houses are common in the rural areas of North Korea. Houses in these areas were heavily damaged by the shock of the nuclear test. Taken at Sariwon City in October 2007.


A strong earthquake, the result of the North Korean nuclear test on September 3, caused extensive damage to the northern border area of North Korea: residents’ homes were damaged and buildings collapsed. (Kang Ji-won)

On September 6, reporting partner in Hoeryong City of North Hamkyung Province reported on developments following North Korea’s most recent nuclear test: “I thought it was an earthquake because of the shaking. Residents of some of the shabbier houses couldn’t go home because of the risk of collapse. It was worse for people in apartments, kitchenware was strewn all over the place. I was terrified. I thought a war had started.

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