Nuclear Attack Sirens Wail In Hawaii In First Test Of Alarm System Since The Cold War

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Sirens signaling an imminent nuclear attack sounded in Hawaii Friday for the first time since the Cold War, in a test of the emergency warning sirens.

Hawaii has decided to take the growing threats from North Korea seriously and will be conducting a test of the sirens every month to ensure that residents are prepared in the event of a nuclear attack. The warning siren rang for a minute during the test Friday.

WATCH and LISTEN: Nuclear Attack Sirens Sound In Hawaii

“We believe that it is imperative that we be prepared for every disaster, and in today’s world, that includes a nuclear attack,” Gov. David Ige said this week, according to the Associated Press.

In the event of a nuclear strike, the residents of Hawaii would have very little time to find shelter.

“Pacific Command would take about fives minutes to characterize a launch, where the missile is going, which means the population would have about 15 minutes to take shelter,” explained Vern Miyagi, administrator for Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency, “It’s not much time at all. But it is enough time to give yourself a chance to survive.”

North Korea tested the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile twice successfully in July, demonstrating the ability to strike parts, if not most, of the continental U.S. The rogue regime upped its game Tuesday with the successful test of a new ICBM — the Hwasong-15, which experts believe can range all of the continental U.S.

WATCH: North Korea Tests New ICBM

The North also has a thermonuclear bomb that many believe can be mounted on a ballistic missile.

Hawaii could be targeted in the event of a conflict with North Korea given that the island state is home to naval and air assets and serves as the headquarters for U.S. Pacific Command.

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