Monday, 15 May 2017

North Korea launches "most successful" missile yet

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The missile has the capability of reaching Guam.

Guam - Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense says it is monitoring recent events surrounding North Korea’s missile launch Sunday.

It appears to be the most successful missile launch from the reclusive country with multiple news agencies reporting that the Hwasong-12 missile reached an altitude of 1312 miles and flew about 489 miles.

Citing North Korea’s state-run media KCNA, the test was “aimed at verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead.”

Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros assures there is no immediate threat to the island at this time, but he continues to encourage the public to create a family communication plan and an emergency preparedness kit.

“Although the tests out of North Korea seem daunting to the public, we have confidence in the United States military and work closely with our partners in the Department of Defense to be able to respond accordingly," Charfauros said in a release.

You can read the press release from GHS/OCD below:

(GHS/OCD) - The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), federal and military partners, are closely monitoring the recent events surrounding North Korea.

 

Multiple international news outlets have reported North Korea’s test-fire of a ballistic missile on Sunday, that reportedly reached an altitude of approximately 1,240 miles and a distance of 489 miles, landing in the Sea of Japan/East Sea, about 60 miles from eastern Russia.

 

“As we continue to monitor these types of missile tests, we remind residents and visitors there is no immediate threat to Guam at this time,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “Although the tests out of North Korea seem daunting to the public, we have confidence in the United States military and work closely with our partners in the Department of Defense to be able to respond accordingly. For the community, it’s always important to have a family communication plan, emergency preparedness kit and plans in place for members in your home to be prepared for all hazards, natural or man-made,” Charfauros continued.

 

When creating your family communication plan, consider how your family will get emergency alerts and warnings, how everyone will get to a safe, concrete location if separated, how your family gets in touch with one another, where your family meeting place will be, etc. Visit https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan, for more information. For supplies that you should include in your emergency kit, visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.

 

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