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 post from the Prime Minister’s Residence (Disaster and Crisis Management Information) Twitter 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.”
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