Nuclear false alarm in Japan
- Published: 13 Apr 2013 at 13.29
- Online news:
TOKYO - A Japanese official mistakenly announced the launch of a North Korean missile instead of sending an alert about a strong earthquake that hit western Japan on Saturday morning.
An official at the transport ministry's western Osaka aviation bureau mistakenly e-mailed 87 airport offices that a North Korean missile had been launched, the ministry said.
The official was trying to send a message to check on possible airport damage immediately after the 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Hyogo prefecture, injuring at least 24 people.
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