'In the event of a nuclear attack': Hawaii University issues ominous warning

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

As agreed by EU Foreign Ministers at their informal meeting in Tallinn on September 7, 2017, "the Council is now working on possible additional EU autonomous sanctions to complement and reinforce the UN Security Council sanctions", the statement said.

The email, with the subject line "In the event of a nuclear attack", provided information about emergency sirens and sheltering in place, according to CBS-affiliate Hawaii News Now.

University of Hawaii students reportedly opened their inbox Monday to find an email headlined: "In the event of a nuclear attack" - an ominous message sent as North Korea continues to threaten a missile attack on the United States.

State Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (D), who also attended the meeting, said "It's very unsettling".

In July, Hawaii became the first state to announce a public campaign urging those living there to prepare for a nuclear attack.

The unusual nature of a university system alerting its constituency to the possibility of a North Korean attack attracted the attention of national and global media, including The Washington Post, Fox News, CBS News and the Daily Mail of London.

"If I were to do it all over again, the one thing I would have done is put "unlikely" in the subject line", Meisenzahl said.

They also ban imports of North Korean textiles to the European Union and prohibit European Union countries from providing work authorizations for North Korean nationals, the statement also said.

Despite the national attention, the email didn't generate a large number of complaints from students or faculty, Meisenzahl said.

Ward says it would take less than 20 minutes for a nuclear missile to reach Honolulu - something state officials want to make sure the almost 1.5 million people who live in the islands have preparations ready.

"Because of recent events I think over the last two or three months, (UH) leadership, including emergency managers and communicators, had been getting inquiries from a variety of different members of our community regarding (the North Korea issue), and were wondering what we were doing about it", Meisenzahl said today.

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