Hawaii ballistic missile text message alert was 'false alarm'

Hawaii missile threat

A push alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic Saturday was issued by mistake, state emergency officials said. I'm not clear on how long the alert remained current before being officially countermanded or called off over the same emergency alert channels, but it seems to have been just under 40 minutes.

The "false alarm" was sent out in error while the system was running a test. Officials have said that this happened due to "human error". Pacific Command has assured the public that they have "detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii".

Vern Miyagi, administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said the credibility of the system is critical to saving lives and the department will take action to prevent another error.

Tulsi Gabbard tweeted confirmation that there was not a missile headed toward her island state.

The tweet was then deleted and another message was posted reading: "NO missile threat to Hawaii". "The ballistic missile warning that was issued is a FALSE alarm. There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process". "The whole state was terrified. I thought 'No, this is not happening today,"' Malapit said.

The alert caused a wide-ranging, full-blown panic across the island and on social media, and was reported in the global press.




It is not now know why the words "this is not a drill" was included in the message that the Hawaiian authorities say was a drill.

"At a time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to the community is accurate", Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat, said on Twitter.

"It is a false alarm". This warning was not taken lightly, especially because it holds some serious significance in the state: On December 7, 1941, the dispatch to Hawaii's Pearl Harbor read, "Air raid on Pearl Harbor x This is not a drill".

Ige says he's meeting with the state defense and emergency management officials to not only find out how this could occur, but to make sure it doesn't happen again.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sought to calm nerves soon after the accidental alarm.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump have engaged in an escalating war of words that included a combative comparison of their "nuclear buttons" recently.

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