The US state of Hawaii has tested a nuclear attack warning siren for the first time since the end of the Cold War.
Hawaii, the volcanic archipelago located in the central Pacific Ocean, is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States of America. It is also the first state to face the brunt of a nuclear attack if North Korea decides to attack U.S.A.
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Pyongyang in September carried out another nuclear test, the sixth in a series of ballistic missile tests. North Korea continues to perform missile tests undeterred by warnings.
Hawaii is closest to the line of attack and has decided to stay prepared. They tested the nuclear warning siren on Friday. The nuclear attack warning siren was last tested in the 1980s, in the final years of the U.S-Russia cold war.
The nuclear attack siren will continue to blare on the first business day of every month, as a test. Hawaii already has different sirens that warn of natural disasters. Residents have been alerted of the difference in tone, and its criticality. On hearing the siren, they are instructed to move indoors and await further instructions.
The head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Vern Miyagi said it was “critically important” for the public to understand what the different tones mean, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The newspaper also reported that a missile launched from North Korea could strike Hawaii within 20 minutes.
Pyongyang said it had carried out its first successful test of an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), on 4 July 2017. They claimed the missile could “strike any part of the world”. U.S. experts, however, estimate the range to be much shorter. Although described as an intermediate-range missile, some experts say it is capable of reaching the US state of Alaska.
North Korea has been vocal, even boastful about their nuclear prowess. They recently tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile which North Korea claims can hit anywhere on the mainland United States.