Japanese national broadcaster issues false North Korea missile alert

Japanese national broadcaster issues false North Korea missile alert

Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm on Tuesday saying North Korea appeared to have launched a missile and urging people to take shelter, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.

The risk of a missile attack on Japan is real, however, with North Korea repeatedly threatening to target the nation. The government's J-Alert: "evacuate inside the building or underground", warned the news flash. Jonathan Dworkin, an infectious diseases doctor, took shelter in his basement.

The message was sent out by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency when a staff member completing a routine test accidentally picked the wrong option on a drop-down menu and pushed out the warning as a live message.

NHK's rapid correction of its error sharply contrasts with the almost 40 minutes it took Hawaiian authorities to issue a cancellation of the alert.

"We are still checking", an NHK spokesman said. "We are very sorry". Japan's government never issued such a warning.

Japan is also stepping up its missile intercepting capabilities and conducting missile drills across the country in which residents, including schoolchildren and elderly people, rush to community centres, cover their heads and duck down to the floor.

The news service corrected the error five minutes later, with an on-air host bowing deeply in apology.

Ajit Pai, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman, said on Sunday that Hawaii didn't have "reasonable" safeguards in place to prevent erroneous alerts like the one Saturday.

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