A Japanese official mistakenly issued a pre-prepared alert announcing the launch of a North Korean ballistic missile instead of sending a message concerning a recent earthquake in western Japan.
A reported 87 airport offices in Japan received emails on Saturday saying that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile. The messages were sent by mistake, the country’s transportation ministry later explained.
An official at the Osaka aviation bureau was going to send out a letter asking if any of the region’s airports had been damaged by the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that earlier hit the western part of the country, injuring dozens.
Instead, the official mistakenly dispatched a pre-prepared alert about a North Korean missile launch.
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