Tuesday 24 April 2018

Guam residents alarmed after emergency alert accidentally broadcast on radio

Local residents pray during a Sunday Mass at Sta Barbara Church on the island of Guam. Photo: REUTERS
Local residents pray during a Sunday Mass at Sta Barbara Church on the island of Guam. Photo: REUTERS
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An emergency alert was mistakenly broadcast to Guam residents amid fears of missile strikes against the Pacific island by North Korea.

The alert went out on a radio station just after midnight on Tuesday in Guam and said a "civil danger warning" had been issued for the island.

The Guam Homeland Security office blamed it on human error and said the mistake will not occur again.

Guam authorities say they remain in close contact with the US military and have not elevated the threat level on the island.

North Korea's military presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam.

Press Association

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