What do you guys think? Does a 5.1 magnitude earthquake sound like a legitimate h bomb test?
What difference does it make what a bunch of pop-sci loving anonymous retards thinks about whether or not the North Koreans posses hydrogen bombs based on any given evidence from the media and/or government agencies?
It was a boosted bomb, so it did use deuterium/tritium. But it was not a complete tellar ulam fission fussion bomb. Still the fear that rises from this is that they can make their bombs much smaller and lighter with less fissile material so in essence also cheaper. Lighter bombs means they can be mounted on their ICBM's and thats what supposedly needs to strike fear into the pentagon.
Given South Korea haven't detected any radiation from it, NK most likely just set off a shit-tonne of conventional bombs to fake a H-bomb test. North Korea are way less technically advanced than they pretend to be. If credible intelligence suggested they were a realistic threat, they would have been invaded a while ago by the US (ie. The World Police).
From what I've heard, they detect explosions based on radiation released, which is only really significant for atmospheric explosions. Underground, most of the radiation is absorbed, only the neutrinos get out.