North Korea fired a missile in the direction of Japan Monday night, causing authorities in Japan to warn all citizens on Hokkaido to "take cover immediately!"
Message running on local TV: "North Korea appears to have launched a missile. Please evacuate to the inside of a building or go to the basement. Target area: Hokkaido"
Extraordinary alert from Japan’s Ministry of Defense and Self Defense Forces that warns the launch of possible ballistic missiles from North Korea. https://t.co/qJRgQw9YUS— Shigesaburo Okumura @NikkeiAsia (@ShigesaburoO) October 3, 2022
AIR RAID SIRENS SOUNDING IN JAPAN!
BREAKING: Air raid sirens sounding in Japan following reports of North Korea missile fire, missile reportedly overflew the country and landed into Pacific Ocean pic.twitter.com/PwNscNouWi— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) October 3, 2022
ALERT 🚨 Japan government says “seek shelter immediately” following reported North Korea missile pic.twitter.com/bBuCN22UjL— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) October 3, 2022
"The North’s testing spree this week is seen as a response to recent naval drills between South Korea and the United States and their other training that involved Japan. North Korea views such military exercises by the allies as an invasion rehearsal and argues they reveal U.S. and South Korean “double standards” because they brand the North’s weapons tests as provocation."
Japanese Government urges citizens in Hokkaido and Tokyo to seek shelter after a possible North Korea missile launch.— DEFCON1-WarWatch (@Defcon1W) October 3, 2022
MISSILE PASSED OVER JAPAN
The missile passed over the land territory of Japan and landed well into the Pacific Ocean. Japanese Civil Defense issued the following ALL CLEAR:
[Civil protection information]
Missile pass. Missile pass. The aforementioned missile is believed to have passed through the Pacific Ocean around 07:29. If you find anything suspicious, do not approach it and immediately contact the police or fire department.
Received date and time 07:42 on the 4th
Target area: Hokkaido, Aomori Prefecture
At a Press Conference, the following information was disclosed:
NK launched 1 ballistic missile. It was launched to the Eastern trajectory. Had fallen in the Pacific ocean outside of Japan. At the moment, there is no damages to aircraft nor vessels. With the launch the prime minster has given orders. The missile passed over Japan so the prime minister said that he would focus on trying to confirm whether there are any debris that fell. The gov will continue to gather info, and also collab with the US and S Korea to take "appropriate measures".
MISSILE FLIGHT PATH
Below is a map showing the actual missile flight path:
UPDATE 11:39 PM EDT --
The North Korea missile appears to have been aimed directly at HAWAII.
The flight path shows the missile on a perfect path to strike Hawaii . . .
Clearly, the missile was aimed at Hawaii. Whether it fell short by design - was intended to fall short - or whether it reached it's physical travel limit and fell into the sea, is not known.
What __is__ known is that authorities in Hawaii were never informed a North Korean missile was headed toward them, and the citizens of Hawaii were never told either.
Great defense system we have nowadays isn't it?