Hawaii nuke attack siren blares; 1st time since Cold War
HONOLULU — A siren blared across Hawaii on Friday for the first time since the end of the Cold War in an effort to prepare tourists and residents for a possible nuclear attack from North Korea.
The state is the first to bring back the Cold Warera warning system, Hawaii emergency management officials said. The wailing siren sounded for a minute after the usual testing of the steady alert for tsunamis and other natural disasters that Hawaii residents are used to hearing.
There was little reaction from people on famous Waikiki Beach, where the test sounded like a distant siren. “I was out in the ocean playing around and I heard this siren,” said tourist Tom Passmore from Calgary, Canada, adding that he didn’t think much of it. “I think it’s a good idea,” he said of the test, “but judging by everyone’s reaction around here nobody moved.”
The possibility of a strike is remote but it’s important to be prepared, Gov. David Ige said this week.