(1) B. Bolt, Nuclear Explosions and Earthquakes, The Parted Veil , University of California Press, Berkeley, 1976.
(2) A kilotonne or kt is a 1000 metric tones. The nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 was roughly 15 kt.
(3) Lynn R. Syres and Goran Ekstrom, “Comparison of seismic and hydrodynamic yield determination for the Soviet joint verification experiment of 1988,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA , Vol. 86, pp. 3456-3460, May 1989.
(4) see also “NORK DATA: It was a DUD,” at: http:// ;
(5) As given by D. McKinzie “NRDC RELEASES NEW SATELLITE PHOTO OF NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST SITE,” October 13, 2006, at: http:///media/#1013
(6) ODNI News Release No. 19-06, “Statement by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the North Korea Nuclear Test,” October 16, 2006.
(7) Officials associated with that office reportedly did confirm that the weapon was plutonium-based, however. See T. Shanker and D. Sanger, “North Korean Fuel Identified as Plutonium,” New York Times, October 17, 2006, at: http:///2006/10/17/world/asia/?_r=1&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes
(8) A Bq is the unit of radioactivity being the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second . 1mBq = Bq.
(9) Private communication with Martin B. Kalinowski on October 13, 2006. Air concentration of Kr-85 in northern hemisphere is about /m3 air.
(10) Martin B. Kalinowski, Lawrence H. Erickson and Gregory J. Gugle, “Preparation of a Global Radioxenon Emission Inventory: Understanding Sources of Radioactive Xenon Routinely Found in the Atmosphere by the International Monitoring System for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty,” Presented at Understanding Complex Systems 2006, Urbana, Illinois, USA.
(11) : Isotope Generation and Depletion Code Matrix Exponential Method, CCC-371 ORIGEN (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Radiation Safety Information Computational Center, August 1996). The fast reactor cross-section files were used to calculate the production rates of actinides and fission products.
(12) Some journalists reported that the United States has collected plutonium, but this seems more likely a journalistic assumption than the result of informed investigative journalism. See, for example, P. Grier, “Pyongyang’s nukes: How dangerous are they? North Korea’s recent blast was tiny, but its commitment to nuclear weapons is long,” The Christian Science Monitor , October 19, 2006, at: http:///2006/1019/p01s01-
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