Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mount Paekdu Eruption Fears spreading in North Korea - 7th Dec 2011

North Korea's adoption of a new rule on natural disasters last month indicates that experts' warnings of volcanic eruptions of Mount Paekdu have spread widely throughout the country, the South Korean government said Wednesday.

Pyongyang's new law stipulates principles for observing and forecasting natural disasters, particularly earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, in addition to how to minimize damage and undertake rescue activities, the Korean Central News Agency reported last month, without giving further details.

Experts outside the secretive communist country have warned since last year that North Korea's Mount Paekdu, which borders China, may still have an active core, citing topographical signs and satellite images.

The 2,744-meter Mount Paekdu, the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, last erupted in 1903. Read More