Japanese island holds missile drill

Japanese island holds missile drill

People on an island in western Japan have held an evacuation drill to prepare for a possible North Korean missile launch.

About 2,000 people in the town of Okinoshima in Shimane Prefecture took part in what was believed to be the first such drill on a Japanese island.

The exercise was based on the scenario of a missile landing near the island.

In response to an audible alert, children at Nakasuji Elementary School took cover in the middle of their classroom to protect themselves from windows possibly shattering.

A sixth grader said she was anxious but able to react calmly.

She said it's hard to imagine a missile coming in, but wants to use this experience in the case of an emergency.

School Principal Takashi Sasaki said he believes there would be little time to respond to a missile alert.

He added that his school will explore the best possible ways to protect children's lives.