North Korea always seems to be in the news right now thanks to their aggressive threats and missile tests, the latter being the subject of many people’s doomsday fears. But where could they potentially strike with the missiles they have?
This rundown from the Interactive Digital Storytelling team at the Australian ABC shows you exactly how far each of North Korea’s missiles can travel, and where there are possible targets. The most concerning of these weapons is the ER Scud short-range ballistic missile. North Korea has tested these missiles at least 50 times with only one failure, which means they’re pretty much ready to go. They can hit targets up to 1000km away, including all of South Korea and parts of Southern Japan, including the large city of Osaka.
North Korea’s Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles have a maximum range of 4500km, which puts the US military base on Guam in danger. However, only three out of 14 tests have been successful. The Hwasong-14, on the other hand, is estimated to travel about 8500km, which puts it in range of most of Australia. In the US, it puts Alaska in range, as well as parts of northern Washington state.
That said, the most recent test suggests it may be able to travel as far as 10,000km, which would put the entirety of Australia and part of New Zealand within range. Los Angeles is also in range, along with the rest of the US western coast. And if the missiles are fired in an easterly direction, the rotation of the Earth may allow these missiles to reach as far as New York City or Washington DC. Keep in mind, these missiles are still in the early stages of being tested. If you’re really worried about it, though, the safest place on Earth from these missiles is Mar del Plata, Argentina, so pack your bags. You can check out the entire interactive globe at the link below.
Where can North Korea’s missiles reach? [ABC News]