January 16, 2018
It’s deja vu, all over again.
Just four days after residents of Hawaii lived through 38 minutes of doomsday hell, after a false public broadcast alarm announced that a ballistic missile launch was headed for the island, only to reverse and announce later it was a mistake, moments ago Japan’s National broadcaster NHK’s app issued a false J-Alert to phones over a North Korean missile launch at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday evening local time.
The message, received by phone users with the NHK app installed on their devices, read: “NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government J alert: evacuate inside the building or underground. “
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) January 16, 2018
NHK accidentally sends missile alert, similar to that of Hawaii from a couple days ago… uhhhh…. pic.twitter.com/fThV3Ed5en
— Shoko Oda (@shoko_oda) January 16, 2018
It then promptly corrected the error just 5 minutes later, at around 7 p.m.
After the false alert, NHK issued an on-air apology on Tuesday evening local time, saying “the news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake. No government J alert was issued.”
“Around 6:55pm earlier we reported on the NHK’s news site and NHK’s news disaster prevention application ‘Pattern of North Korean missile launch’ but this was incorrectly issued. J alert has not appeared. I must sincerely apologize,” the news outlet wrote.
JUST IN: Japanese broadcaster NHK has “deeply apologized” after accidentally sending a news alert to their website and app saying that “North Korea appears to have fired a missile”. The correction was issued five minutes after the initial report. #japan #missilealert