28 Nov 2017

Hawaii to test nuclear alerts

5:41 pm on 28 November 2017

The American state of Hawaii is scheduled to begin testing its nuclear attack warning sirens on Friday.

Sirens in Vanuatu to warn in case of tsunami

Photo: Supplied Len Garae

The administrator for the State Emergency Management Agency, Vern Miyagi, said the sirens would notify the public to "get inside, stay inside and stay tuned" for more information.

Mr Miyagi said the increased threat from North Korea was the reason behind the warnings.

The Pacific Daily News reported the signal test would take place on Friday and then the first business day of each month thereafter.

The state is also broadcasting public service announcements and conducting community meetings aimed at educating the public.

Mr Miyagi said Hawaiians should have two weeks of provisions stored, just in case of an attack or a natural disaster.

He admitted officials did not consider an attack likely but said all had heard the unrelenting threats from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.