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Alerts Sound in Tokyo Following North Korea Missile Launch

Published: October 4, 2022
North Korea fired a ballistic missile off its east coast on Tuesday, October 4, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. (Image: Screenshot via Reuters)

The Japanese government sounded a siren in central Tokyo on Tuesday, Oct. 4 after North Korea launched a ballistic missile which flew over the country for the first time in five years.

Social media footage showed commuters walking around a train station at 7:31 a.m. local time when a siren and an announcement informing the public that “North Korea have seemingly launched a missile,” begun playing in loudspeakers.

The government announced the missile was launched from North Korea at around 7:22 a.m. local time, and had passed over Japan at 7:29 a.m. It also warned civilians to take cover after the Japanese coast guard reported on the suspected missile launch.

Tokyo said the missile’s 4,600 km (2,850 miles) range may have been the longest distance travelled for a North Korean test flight. The latest launch was Pyongyang’s fifth in 10 days.

By Reuters. (Production: Tom Bateman, Rikako Maruyama, Kokkai Ng)