Hawaii panics after inbound missile alert goes off in error

Frightened residents flooded Civil Defense and 911 with calls and were told it was a mistake. One said the operator told her it was sent out by accident when'someone pushed the wrong buttons during a Civil Defense Emergency System drill

Hawaii panics after inbound missile alert goes off in error

When asked if that was why it took 38 minutes to notify people, he again replied it was due to the "manual process to provide notification on the smartphones and cellphones".

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted there was no threat about 10 minutes after the initial alert, but that didn't reach people who aren't on the social media platform. "My brother was just about to leave for his class, and he told us that he got a threat on his phone, it said there's a bomb threat, a ballistic missile threat".

Ige then said that he was meeting with top defense and emergency management officials from the state "to determine what caused this morning's false alarm and to prevent it from happening again".

Brian Naeole, who was visiting Honolulu from Molokai, said he wasn't anxious since he didn't hear sirens and neither TV nor radio stations issued alerts. Gen. Joe Logan, the state adjutant general, that there was no missile launch and the Honolulu Police Department was notified of the false alarm. Gen. Joe Logan, said a written report would be prepared.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai posted on Twitter that the FCC was launching a full investigation and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the commission must find out what went wrong.

The backlash from lawmakers was swift.

House Speaker Scott Saiki said the system Hawaii residents have been told to rely on failed miserably.

Others thought that it was a hoax or a false alarm, since the sirens did not ring out. "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process".

Ige said the emergency management agency after the incident ordered a change in its procedures requiring two employees, not just one, to send out such an alert in the future.

School administrator Tamara Kong, 43, of Honolulu, said, "Today, the whole state of Hawaii experienced a collective moment of panic and relief". But the warning wasn't called off for nearly another 40 minutes.

In November, Hawaii said it would resume monthly statewide testing of Cold War-era nuclear attack warning sirens for the first time in at least a quarter of a century, in preparation for a possible missile strike from North Korea. His wife was at the gym.

He said tourists were gathering in groups on Waikiki Beach, "trying to figure out where to go". "I think everyone was kind of caught off guard", said Apodaca.

Experts say the base, headquarters for the USA military's Pacific Command, would be a prime target for an attack by North Korea. But there were problems there, too.

Mary Hirose was with her children at an ice skating arena in Honolulu when the alert came. "Something bad's about to happen and I could die, '" she said. So, she grabbed her four children held them close, listened to the news and hoped for the best. "And an employee pushed the wrong button", he explained.

Hawaii officials apologized repeatedly and said the alert was sent when someone hit the live alert button instead of an internal test button during a shift change.

US military spokesman David Benham later said US Pacific Command "has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii".

"I was in a taxi when the warning came, and, to be honest, I was pretty calm since in Japan, I've had plenty of experiences with alarms going off", Shiomi said.

Honolulu resident Phillip Simmons said: "I was thinking of my family".

"I am sorry for the pain and confusion it caused", he said.

"Traveling the world as an extreme adventurer, I've been in very scary situations from snowstorms to sharks to hot lava".

On the H-3, a major highway north of Honolulu, vehicles sat empty after panicked drivers ran to a nearby tunnel for shelter, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Hawaii had been named as a potential target of an intercontinental ballistic missile launched by Kim Jong Un, who has threatened the United States with a nuclear strike.

The White House said President Donald Trump, at his private club in Florida, was briefed on the false alert.

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