ATTACK warning sirens will wail again in Hawaii in response to the increasing threat from North Korea, state officials reveal.
Kim Jong-un has aimed his twisted threats at the US islands on several occasions and his increasingly bold weapons tests have led to the cautious response.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency administrator Vern Miyagi said: “Hawaii is a likely target because we’re closer to North Korea than most of the continental United States…
“As we track the news and see tests, both missile launches and nuclear tests, it’s the elephant in the room.
“We can’t ignore it. The people of Hawaii need to know what Hawaii is doing in preparation for this.” >/h1>
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The sirens were originally installed following the attack on Pearl Harbor, which brought the US into the Second World War, to warn of an impending Japanese attack.
Veteran Ted Tsukiyama said: “I remember hearing the sirens going off. The radio would give us a warning: ‘This is only a test, don’t get alarmed.’”
Shocking estimates reveal a missile could travel from Kim’s hermit state to Hawaii in just 20 minutes.
On December 1 the islands will be filled with the eerie calls of the sirens again as tests are carried out for the first time since the Cold War.
The tests will be incorporated into the monthly “attention alert” signal which warns people to take shelter from an impending hurricane or tsunami.
The islands’ Emergency Management Agency has also released videos and other material to teach its residents how to react to an incoming missile.
The threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear-obsessed regime have been taken seriously enough to warrant community meetings, TV announcements and radio broadcasts informing people how to survive an attack.
Residents are warned to have a plan in place before hearing the sirens.
Officials recommend sheltering in a concrete structure with enough supplies for 14 days.
Mr. Miyagi said: “Each individual, each family should have a plan to be resilient, so they can take care of themselves, while we focus on getting the critical infrastructure, the harbors, the water, the roads, all back to some sort of normalcy.”
Residents are targeted with adverts encouraging them to stay up to date with developments in North Korea and research the effects of nuclear fallout.
It is hoped that 80 to 90 per cent of the 1.4 million Hawaiians could survive a direct hit.
Mr. Miyagi said “If North Korea launches against us or our allies, the retaliation would be complete, and they would defeat North Korea’s ambition to continue its regime. The regime would probably end.”