Putin orders MASS EVACUATION for citizens near NK border...
Russian civil defence officials were reportedly ordered to shift residents in the country's far east to "safe areas" in a extraordinary move amid fears of a worldwide conflict.
North Korea angered the international community by launching a missile that flew directly over Japan.
In response, US President Donald Trump threatened the communist state with military action, warning "all options are on the table".
As Trump reeled from the provocative test, thousands of people from the city of Vladivostok were moved as part of an emergency operation.
Russia President Vladimir Putin fears the US may wage war against the secretive state after Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" should it fire more missiles.
The order to evacuate residents "came from the regional department of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies", according to pro-Kremlin media outlets.
Russia shares a 24 mile land border with reclusive North Korea.
The civil protection department in Vladivostok was instructed to relocate residents living in the border area with North Korea.