World War 3: N Korea sparks attack warning siren tests in US

10-Nov-2017 Intellasia | Express | 6:00 AM Print This Post

HAWAII is to start testing warning sirens amid fears of attack from North Korea as tensions continue to rise sparking fear of World War 3.

The US state already has warnings for hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes, but is adding an “attack warning” to the list.

From 1 December a 50 second ‘wavering’ attack siren will be added to the natural disaster test alert.

This attack warning was last used during the Cold War in the 1980s.

If used as an actual warning, it would signal the need for residents to hide immediately.

Hawaii Emergency Management Administrator Vern Miyagi said: “You can’t take time to call your wife, your kids, your husband to pick them up and try to find a shelter.

“There is no time for that.”

Officials in the paradise islands have said an attack is unlikely, but something they cannot ignore.

Miyagi said: “As Hawaii prepared for this over the last couple of months, we’ve been getting inquiries from other states, working with Guam also, but (also), ‘What are you guys doing? Why are you doing this?

“And like I said, this is because there was an elephant in the room, and we have to address it.”

North Korea exploded a nuclear device on September 3 that may have yielded 250 kilotons. The Hiroshima blast was about 15 kilotons.

The Hawaii Emergency Management unveiled a sample of the ‘wavering siren’ at a preparedness presentation on Saturday.

Hawaii has been depicted as a target by North Korea, but Miyagi thinks a strike on Hawaii is unlikely.

He said: “He has a limited amount of missiles, and there are many, many closer-in targets that he is guaranteed of hitting, such as Japan and South Korea and even the continental United States. If he heads it that way, he’ll hit something.

“Hawaii is a very tiny target. Even Guam. Guam is a very tiny target for him.”

The island is working on a comprehensive emergency plan.

Pamphlets are being revamped and a further warning system for mobile phones is being created.

Residents have also been told to have 14 days of emergency supplies in their homes, rather than the seven that can suffice in case of a hurricane or other natural disaster.

Miyagi predicts Hawaii’s residents will only have 15 minutes to seek shelter once Pyongyang fire a rocket.

He said: “Pacific Command would take about five minutes to characterise a launch, where the missile is going, which means the population would have about 15 minutes to take shelter.

“It’s not much time at all. But it is enough time to give yourself a chance to survive.”

North Korea have tested a number of ballistic missiles over the past few years and some western experts fear that they have the range to strike both Hawaii and Alaska.

It comes as US President Donald Trump arrived in China seeking help to rein in North Korea, telling the reclusive state’s leader Kim Jong-un he was putting his country in grave danger by developing nuclear weapons.


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