Japan orders citizens to take shelter after North Korea launches missile

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Japanese citizens were ordered to seek shelter underground or in buildings after North Korea fired a missile off its east coast on Tuesday.

The rocket now appears to have flown over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean, according to NHK reports.

The launch was confirmed by South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff with Japan's government then swiftly warning the country's residents to take cover.

An emergency tweet by Ishikari City, Hokkaido, repeatedly ordered people to take cover.

It read: "Civil Protection Information October 04, 07:27 announced missile launch.

"The missile is believed to have been launched from North Korea. Evacuate inside a building or underground. Missile launch. Missile launch. The missile is believed to have been launched from North Korea. Evacuate inside a building or underground."

A tweet from the Prime Minister's Residence (Disaster and Crisis Management Information) account then confirmed at 07.42am (11.42pm UK time) that the missile had not struck the Japanese mainland, but landed in the Pacific Ocean.

It read: "Missile passing. Missile pass. The previous missile is believed to have passed into the Pacific Ocean around 07:29. If you find anything suspicious, do not approach it and immediately contact the police or fire department. Date and time received: 07:42 on the 4th Target area: Hokkaido, Aomori Prefecture."

Reports from Japan have stated that the country's bullet train service was suspended when news of the missile launch started to break.

Sirens were also heard in the country, as a warning for people to take shelter.

The latest launch was Pyongyang's fifth launch in a week, amid military muscle-flexing by the United States and South Korea, which staged trilateral anti-submarine exercises last week with Japanese naval forces.

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