Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

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Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site (Korean: 풍계리 핵실험장) is North Korea's only known nuclear test site and is located in Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province. The site is the alleged place where the 2006, 2009 and 2013 nuclear tests took place.


The site is located in mountainous terrain 2 km (1.2 mi) south of Mantapsan, 2 km (1.2 mi) west of Hwasong concentration camp and 12 km (7.5 mi) northwest of Punggye-ri and has three visible tunnel entrances.[1]

The most proximate place to the possible nuclear underground test site is Chik-tong, a small populated place located at 41°16'00"N 129°06'00"E.[2] Sungjibaegam is a settlement located 24 kilometres (15 mi) from the tremor of the 2013 test.[3] Punggye-ri railway station is located at 41°13°0833N Longitude: 129°163611.[4]


On January 2013, Google Maps was updated to include North Korea.[5] "Nuclear Test Road" can be found near the test site.[6]

On April 8, 2013, South Korea had observed activity at Punggye-ri, suggesting that a fourth underground test was being prepared.[7] It was later believed that the tunneling activity that started in April was for a long term project, and that a nuclear test wouldn't occur soon.[8]


Coordinates: 41°16′41″N 129°05′15″E / 41.2780677°N 129.087408°E / 41.2780677; 129.087408