Alerts blared out across northern Japan as the missile passed at a height of around 500 miles before crashing into the sea.
US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said the launch “put millions of Japanese into duck and cover”, although reports suggest the majority of residents in northern Japan appeared calm and went about their business as normal.
Warning announcements about the missile blared around 7am (2200 GMT Thursday) in the town of Kamaishi in northern Japan, footage from national broadcaster NHK showed.
Citizens were warned that debris could still fall on the island nation.
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Japan did not attempt to shoot down the missile but a siren did go off in some areas where Japanese citizens have been trained in how to take shelter.
The US military claim a single intermediate range ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched and officials reiterated that Washington’s commitments to the defence of its allies remained “ironclad”.
The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet at 7pm BST today at the request of the US and Japan
source:Express News london