For the first time since the Cold War, Hawaii’s nuclear sirens have blared. With recent threats from North Korea and their dictator Kim Jong Un on the rise, Americans are taking measures to ensure their safety.
NPR reported that Hawaii has added another siren to be tested. On Friday, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency added a new tone to signal a nuclear threat.
“The state says that an attention alert signal — a steady, minute-long beep — informs residents to turn on a radio or television for information and instruction for an impending emergency and if in a coastal area, to evacuate to higher grounds. The new nuclear attack warning signal — a wailing, minute-long beep — will follow the attention alert signal, and direct residents to seek immediate shelter, and to remain sheltered until an all-clear message is broadcast over radio or television.”
This new signal comes in lieu of the most recent North Korean missile test. The test involved an Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The missile is capable of reaching the United States mainland. North Korea has issued direct threats to the United States and its territories. In early August North Korea threatened to strike Guam. President Trump responded to the threat with his own threat.
“‘North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,’ said Trump.”
Following the missile launch, President Trump released a statement saying that he, and his administration would “take care of it.”