Hawaii Takes Action Against Threat of Nuclear Strikes
Ongoing tensions with North Korea, led by Kim Jong Un, has caused Hawaii to go into a nuclear defensive state for the first time since the Cold War. Hawaii seems to be the first state taking extreme precautions, as they announced at the start of this week that they will be bringing back the same sirens and tests that took place in the state during the Cold War to warn of a nuclear strike.
The first state-wide test was December 1, 2017. The “Attack Warning Tone” will sound for about 50 seconds on the first business day of every month. The alarm sounds like a wailing tone, that is in place to warn residents so they know of an impending nuclear strike.
State officials put out a news release to residents of Hawaii on Monday to give all the details about the emergency siren system. Hawaii officials have also released a public service announcement video to their residents, with a small sample of what the siren system sounds like as well as all the steps that citizens should take if the siren ever sounds in the case of a real strike.
The Hawaiian Islands are almost 5,000 miles away from North Korea; in the case of a strike, residents would only have about 15 minutes to reach shelter once the siren sounds. Residents are urged to find shelter, whether it be a public shelter or their homes, and remain there until further notice. Officials have told their citizens that listening to local AM and FM radio stations would be key in hearing any information they would need to hear and to stay updated in the case of a strike.
Officials in Hawaii are taking the recent missile tests in North Korea very seriously. Cho Myoung-gyon, a South Korean unification minister in Hawaii said on Tuesday that “we cannot rule out the possibility of North Korea declaring competition of their nuclear program next year.”
The siren will sound from inside a civil defense bunker on the Hawaiian island of Oahu; the bunker has concrete walls that are six feet thick.
Hawaii is the first American state to show any preparedness towards a potential strike, but Japan has taken similar precautions as well. Officials in Hawaii predict that close to 18,000 residents would be killed if a nuclear strike takes place.