Japan issues emergency alerts as North Korea fires missile

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      Several reports are stating today (September 14) that North Korea fired a missile in the direction of Japan. 

      Emergency warnings alerted citizens in several Japanese prefectures to take shelter. 

      NHK World reported that the missile has landed in the Pacific Ocean 2,000 kilometres off Erimo-misaki (the cape of Erimo) in Hokkaido at around 7:16 a.m. local time. NHK also stated that the missile was fired from the city of Sunan, a city near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

      Bloomberg is reporting that Japan did not attempt to shoot down the missile.

      In response, both Japan and South Korea will be holding emergency national security council meetings.

      North Korea previously fired a missile also over Hokkaido on August 29, which broke apart and landed in the ocean about 1,180 kilometres off Japan's eastern coast. 

      North Korea violated UN resolutions on September 3 when it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3. Pyongyang confirmed the test after international agencies had detected a humanmade 6.3-magnitude seismic event, followed by a second tremor at 4.1-magnitude which scientists suggest could indicate the collapse of a structure, such as a tunnel.

      Experts have warned that the mountain where North Korea has been conducting its nuclear tests is at risk for collapse, which could lead to a radiation leak.