Published on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hawaii introduces nuclear air raid drills as tensions with North Korea escalate

Hawaii is reassuring tourists about its air-raid drills, which have reinstated due to growing tensions between the US and North Korea.

The state has dusted off its sirens, which date back to the Cold War era, as North Korea is increasing its missile testing.

The sirens will sound once every month directly after the testing of the tsunami warning system. Residents and tourists will hear the warning: "Take immediate shelter. Get inside, stay inside and stay tuned."

However, the Hawaii Tourist Authority says there is nothing for holidaymakers to worry about.
"Nobody in Hawaii is losing sleep over this. We feel that it's highly, highly unlikely that something like that would happen," said HTA CEO George Szigeti. "Not a single person has made that call to us on the North Korea situation yet."

Last Friday's test was the first since the final days of the Cold War in the early 1990s.
It came days after the latest missile test by North Korea, which was spotted by a Cathay Pacific flight between the US and Hong Kong.

Hawaii is the nearest US state to the Korean peninsular. "We believe that it is imperative that we be prepared for every disaster, and in today's world, that includes a nuclear attack," said Hawaii Governor David Ige, adding that the chance of it actually happening was 'very remote'.

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