Hiroshima survivor recounts 1945 bombing, shares fears on US-North Korea tensions

85 year old Mitsuo Heidtke lives in Kaneohe, Oahu now, but she was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan. She was 12 when the US bombed her hometown during World War II. She was gracious enough to share her memories of the day with me, and her fears regarding the current US-North Korea tensions.

On December 1, 2017, Hawaii reinstated a civil defense warning system it hasn't implemented since the Cold War: Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sounds a nuclear attack warning siren on the first of each month at 11:45 a.m. It's part of the state's monthly siren testing to ensure the system works - should we ever need it in case of a real attack.

I work on call at KITV Island News, Hawaii's ABC affiliate. Most of the time I'm behind the scenes as an assignments manager, but now and then when the need or opportunity arises, I file on air reports.

Here's the story I shot with videojournalist Paul Omengkar on KITV's website:
http://www.kitv.com/story/36983147/us-north-korea-tensions-frighten-hiroshima-survivor

For redundancy, here's the video uploaded to my You Tube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekRl4PXDD6I

 Me, Mistuko Heidtke, Paul Omengkar - and John Heidtke photobombing! Ha!

Me, Mistuko Heidtke, Paul Omengkar - and John Heidtke photobombing! Ha!