On Wednesday, tensions were high as reports out of North Korea suggested that there was a "big event" about to happen. Foreign journalists in the country were warned, and rumors swirled that Pyongyang had been evacuated.
Foreign journalists in North Korea gather for 'big event' amid tensions https://t.co/XnYBYPTogj— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 13, 2017
The cryptic warnings and intense security about a "big and important event" in North Korea are standard for what they call "Number 1 events"— James Pearson (@pearswick) April 13, 2017
There are rumors online of a large evacuation taking place in Pyongyang. We believe this is false. No credible information to support this.— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) April 12, 2017
As it turned out, rumors of a mass evacuation turned out to be false. And the "big event" that had everyone so nervous?
...It was a street opening in Pyongyang.
PYONGYANG: After much secrecy over a “big and important event” which foreign journalists were invited to cover, North Korea on Thursday (Apr 13) opened a new skyscraper-lined street in the capital, Pyongyang.
The event was presided by leader Kim Jong Un and witnessed by thousands, including around 200 foreign journalists who were invited by the regime.
The mood in the city was described as "calm."
While it's certainly a nice street, it probably wasn't worth stoking fears of nuclear war.