JAPANESE residents have been ordered to evacuate buildings or seek refuge underground as North Korea fires another missile.
The Prime Minister’s office issued the following statement on its official Twitter account: “The missile is believed to have been launched from North Korea. Evacuate inside a building or underground. Date and time received: 07:29 on the 4th Target area: Aomori Prefecture, Tokyo.”
This comes after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles towards the east coast, after launching half a dozen other missiles over the last seven days.
The alert has been transmitted across Japan.
An official statement from Ishikari City in Hokkaido has issued a statement on its official Twitter account, saying: “Civil Protection Information October 04, 07:27 announced Missile launch.
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“The missile is believed to have been launched from North Korea. Evacuate inside a building or underground. missile launch. missile launch.”
The Twitter account only publishes information when there is a risk of disaster occurrence, or at time of disaster.
Footage also shows a message running on local TV ordering residents to evacuate and take shelter underground.
“North Korea appears to have launched a missile. Please evacuate to the inside of a building or go to the basement. Target area: Hokkaido,” the message on the local TV read.