A Japanese public broadcaster has apologized after falsely reporting a North Korean missile launch.
The false report took place Tuesday night local time.
Japan’s NHK News later issued an apology:
“Around 6:55 p.m. 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,” NHK said, RT reported.
This false report comes on the heels of a false missile alert that Hawaii sent to its residents in the U.S. over the weekend.
Hawaii residents mistakenly received a ballistic missile emergency alert on Saturday.
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” read the alert. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
Hawaii’s Emergency Management later said the missile alert was an error, and that an operator had accidentally hit the wrong button, which sent the alert to residents, rather than just a test.
“State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR,” tweeted Oahu Emergency Management. “There is NO threat to the state of Hawaii!”
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted: “NO missile threat to Hawaii.”