Some 280 people involved in the drills were alerted to a potentially devastating missile launch through loudspeakers as blaring sirens stunned schoolchildren playing outside a local elementary school.
Following the announcement, the evacuees were accompanied to a school’s gymnasium, where they were to stay during the attack.
According to the scenario of the imaginative strike, the missile was set to fall in the rocky terrain of the Yamaguchi Prefecture where the town with some 3,400 residents in located, Jiji Press reported.
The drills purported to test the means of emergency communication and to ensure that in case of a real-life attack everybody would find their way to a designated shelter. The exercises were held at the behest of the Japanese government, the fire service and disaster management agency, as well as the local prefectural and town authorities.
“I was able to stay calm and evacuated in a few minutes,” Yuriko Suewaka, a local resident, told AFP.
“It was a good way to understand how to evacuate,” Ono, a schoolchild’s parent, told Reuters, noting however that the drills…Read More