Japan in first civilian evacuation drills preparing for North Korea nuclear attack
JAPAN has conducted an evacuation drill of its citizens as North Korea continues to threaten nuclear war.
By JON ROGERS
Sat, Mar 18, 2017
About 100 people, including 44 schoolchildren, took part in various exercises in the coastal town of Oga on Friday.
The move was aimed at fine-tuning a possible future evacuation of the area in the event of a ballistic missile attack on its citizens, after Kim Jong-un intensifies his sabre-rattling with more missile tests.
During the exercises local residents were moved to a number of shelters, including a public hall, a junior school as well as other centres around the city.
Security supervisor Osamu Saito said: “Anything can happen these days, and it’s even more true when we cannot anticipate the behaviour of our neighbouring countries.”
The emergency drill started at 9:30 am local time in Kitaura district when the local authorities were alerted of a possible missile attack on Japan.
The government used a special service, called J-Alert, to convey the message. The evacuation was announced via loudspeakers, urging residents to take shelter.
The loudspeaker message told residents: ”The missile is seen to have landed within a 20-km (12-mile) boundary west of the Oga peninsula.