Earlier today the UN imposed tougher sanctions on North Korea. North Korea responded by threating with nuclear warheads. (North Korea vows to end non aggression pacts after U.N.vote/Friday March 8, 2013 www.cnn.com) This brings to mind how far can North Korea fire a missile? After researching, it seems that no one really knows exactly what they have. There is a list of what North Korea could possible have.(North Korea Missiles www.globalsecurity.org)
This map shows the maximum that they could launch, which is highlight by the red circle. The rocket range being illustrated here is Taep’o-dong 2/3 with a estimated range of 10,000 km. Others include the No-dong-A 1,300 km and No-dong-B 3,200 – 4,000 km.
This is just an estimate focused on the states that could be totally or partially impacted. The range of a missile can depend on several factors including payload and rocket type.
In order to calculate the estimate range, I simply looked to see how far it go from North Korea’s capital city of Pyongyang( just as a place to start since the location is not 100% known) and then measure 10,000 km to several points in the US.
The states in full range include: Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, California, Alaska, Hawaii and Montana. Partial Range includes Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Minnesota and Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas.
This does not include any US territories.
The pie chart illustrates the percentage of people who are in full or partial range. This data was complied by getting the most recent census data of 2010. (2010 Census Data www.census.gov)