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Radio stations in Guam mistakenly transmitted distress signal for 15 minutes
19:42, 15 August 2017
Radio stations in Guam mistakenly transmitted distress signal for 15 minutes

Human error occurred; no actual threat was reported, local authorities say

19:42, 15 August 2017

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Two FM stations located on the U.S. island of Guam transmitted the Mayday signal for fifteen consecutive minutes; the government reported it was a human fault. CNBC reported that on Tuesday.

‘The two radio stations, a music channel and a Christian network, broadcast an emergency message over Guam's airwaves at around 12.15 a.m. this morning. The unspecified warning lasted approximately 15 minutes. Typically, civil danger warnings are rarely broadcast as they are used to alert residents of imminent danger, such as a military strike or terrorist attack. Officials emphasized later that a real emergency message of this nature would describe the nature of the threat,’ the article says.

The incident took place amidst the highly discussed North Korean missile tests.

‘Last week, North Korea threatened to fire missiles towards Guam after an increasingly bitter war of words with Washington. However, on Tuesday, Pyongyang appeared to back away from its previously sharp rhetoric. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un was reported to have reviewed plans to fire missiles towards the territory before deciding to hold off for the time being, state media said’, CNBC wrote.

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