Japan’s public broadcaster mistakenly flashed missile alert

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Vastavam web: Japan’s public broadcaster today mistakenly flashed that North Korea appeared to have launched a missile, warning people to take cover before apologising for the error only minutes later.A news alert saying: “It appears North Korea launched a missile ‘Evacuate inside buildings or underground’: government” was published by the NHK website and app at 6:55 pm local time.It comes just days after a false cellphone alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile terrified residents in Hawaii.

Japan and North Korea have a tense relationship, with Pyongyang routinely issuing verbal threats as well as firing missiles near or above Japan.”Don’t scare me. It’s good that (North Korea) didn’t launch a missile,” one Japanese Twitter user said.In Hawaii, the notification was sent out on Saturday, lighting up phones with a disturbing alert urging people to “seek immediate shelter.” Emergency management officials later admitted “the wrong button was pushed” during a shift change.