“When the operator realized that he pushed the wrong button, they notified all the units on Camp Casey that it was a false alarm,” Lt. Col. Martyn Crighton, 2nd Infantry Division spokesman, said Friday, according to Stars and Stripes, adding that it did not interfere with any operations.
He said taps, a bugle call played at the end of the day on U.S. bases, should have been played over the announcement system instead.
A second such emergency alert sounded hours later – around 12:22 a.m. local time Friday when Japanese broadcaster NHK erroneously reported that a North Korean missile had landed in the sea near the northern island of Hokkaido.
The text alert, which was also delivered to users’ phones through the NHK apps, suggested the missile’s flight path was directly over Japanese territory.
About 30 minutes later, the broadcaster issued a correction, stating that the report was a training text.