Emergency missile attack alert not real, police say

Randolph Lopez
January 14, 2018

Just after 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, some people in Hawaii took to social media after receiving an emergency message on their cell phones about a ballistic missile headed for the island chain.

The Hawaii Emergency Management agency tweeted that the alert was false within 15 minutes of it being sent out around 8 a.m., but cellphone screenshots show a delay of almost 40 minutes between the original alert and another declaring it to be a false alarm. "Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill", the alert read. "Repeat. False Alarm." Nearly 40 minutes has passed since the state sent the initial alert to cellular phones.

The warning came amid growing tensions in the region over a possible nuclear threat from North Korea.

"An error was made in emergency management which allowed this false alarm to be sent", Ige said.

"I can't believe if someone pushed the wrong button accidentally that it would take 38 minutes to correct it", said U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, adding that her husband was on the highway when the alert was sent out and people started "driving 100 miles per hour".

"There is no missile threat", the Democratic senator tweeted.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service later released a public information statement that read, "The Warning Message received by the National Weather Service from Hawaii state officials has been confirmed to be a test message".

While the message was sent across the state, not everyone received a text alert. "There is nothing more critical to Hawaii than professionalizing and trick sealing this procedure". Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. "There was anxiety across the state and it was terrifying. I thought 'No, this is not happening today, '" Malapit said. Some people have said that they heard emergency sirens while others say that the sirens never went off.

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

Twitter was a mix of panic and confusion and ultimately relief and then outrage when it was revealed that the threat was not real, and perhaps caused by human error.

White House representative Lindsay Walters alluded all inquiries concerning the alarm to the Department of Defense. "I am working to get to the bottom of this so we can prevent an error of this type in the future", said Gov. Ige.

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency likewise confirmed that there was no threat, and that it was investigating the incident.

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