J-Alert Lifted After North Korean Projectile Appears to Explode Mid-Flight

Japanese authorities have lifted evacuation orders for Okinawa Prefecture after it was determined that a projectile launched from North Korea would not pass over the region.

Likewise, footage of the projectile appears to show it explode mid-flight. So far there is no indication that it was intercepted, suggesting a malfunction.

It remains unclear at this time if the launch was a missile test or a rocket carrying a satellite into orbit.