Hawaiian lawmakers have asked state officials to update emergency plans and procedures for coping with a nuclear strike by North Korea against the islands, reports U.S. News.
The islands, located in the Pacific Ocean and filled with US military personnel and bases, is an attractive target should war break out with the North Korean regime.
The State House Public Safety Committee unanimously passed the resolution, with the Committee Vice Chairman saying the intent was not to spread fear, but to prepare for the worst should it occur.
“Hawaii’s prime location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and its abundance of military commands, including the United States Pacific Command, which is responsible for military operations in an area covering more than half of the earth’s surface, makes the State a strategic target,” reads the resolution.
“Nuclear arms experts recently said that North Korea already has, or may soon have, the ability to target Hawaii with a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile with possibly the same destructive force as the 15-kiloton and 15 20-kiloton bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki…Under the current state of geopolitical tensions affecting the United States, it is in the best interest of Hawaii to prepare for a nuclear disaster,” it says.
The committee is seeking more funding for public education, infrastructure improvements, warning sirens, and new fall-out shelters throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
The resolution now goes to the state’s finance committee for approval. source