Evacuation drill for missile held on island

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Children crouch in an evacuation drill after hearing a J-Alert warning in the town of Okinoshima, Shimane Prefecture, on Wednesday.

Jiji Press OKINOSHIMA, Shimane (Jiji Press) — An evacuation drill was held in the island town of Okinoshima, Shimane Prefecture, on Wednesday under the scenario that a North Korean ballistic missile fell into Sea of Japan waters east of the island.

About 2,000 people, including residents and local government officials, participated in the exercise.

On the assumption that the Okinoshima municipal government had received information about a North Korean missile launch through the nationwide J-Alert early emergency warning system, the local authorities issued an evacuation advisory shortly after 10 a.m. via the town’s disaster radio system that said, “A missile seems to have been launched.”

In a classroom at municipal Nakasuji Elementary School, a total of 16 fifth- and sixth-graders removed their desks, gathered at the center of the room and dived to the floor, each protecting his or her head with a bag containing a thick dictionary, based on a teacher’s instructions after a school broadcast announcing the mock missile launch information.Speech

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