Hawaiians jarred by false alarm of ballistic missile threat

OPP  Sgt Kerry Schmidt

OPP Sgt Kerry Schmidt

Ige and the head of Hawaii's Emergency Management agency, Vern Miyagi, said the false alert was the result of human error - and boiled down to a state emergency management employee clicking the wrong message during a shift change.

"I will be working with my colleagues in the Legislature to investigate into this matter and to provide the proper oversight to ensure that our state emergency alert system is properly functioning".

Thirty-eight minutes passed before people on the islands received a second alert calling the first message a false alarm.

The alert turned out to be false and the result of human error.

Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii was angry with the mistake. He was still "a little freaked out" and feeling paranoid even after hearing it was a false alarm.

The false alarm comes amid heightened tensions between the USA and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear program and continued testing of ballistic missiles. "I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile".

Many people did not receive a corrected alert on their phones until 8:45 a.m., 38 minutes after the warning of the incoming missile.

As he and his wife discussed their options, he got another smartphone alert reading, "THERE IS NO MISSILE THREAT OR DANGER TO THE THREAT OF HAWAII. Repeat. False alarm", the message said. He said, "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process".

"The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise", the statement said. The White House deputy press secretary, Lindsay Walters, released a statement afterward saying Trump had been made aware of the situation. "There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process".

Tracking, verification and analysis would be provided to civil authorities by US Strategic and Pacific Commands, Kirby said. The whole state was terrified. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said on social media the panel would launch an investigation. In November, Hawaii began testing warning sirens to prepare for a possible nuclear attack.

North Korea has tested a volley of ballistic missiles over the last few years, and has repeatedly threatened the USA with nuclear conflict.

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