Officials in Hawaii mistakenly warn of incoming missile

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2018

An incoming missile alert plunged residents of Hawaii in the U.S. into panic before it was declared a false alarm.

Hawaii has been on high emotional alert - it began staging monthly air-raid drills, complete with sirens, in December - since President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, began exchanging nuclear threats.

A second emergency alert saying there was no incoming missile was sent to phones in Hawaii 38 minutes later.

At least 10 minutes went by with no official word or follow-up. Tourists and locals were just waking up as their phones buzzed with a short emergency alert.

"USPACOM has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii", Cmdr.

"I'm just anxious for the people on the island, getting another notification like this and if it did happen would we be sitting there wondering, is this another human error or is this really happening?" said Apodaca.

Hospital patients were moved, for cover and many sent panicked messages to loved ones. "State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible", Benham said. At the news conference with Ige and Miyagi, a Hawaii tourism official expressed concern about the impact the incident might have on attracting visitors to the state.

On the H-3, a major highway north of Honolulu, vehicles sat empty after drivers left them to run to a nearby tunnel after the alert showed up, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

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In another tweet, the representative announced holding a special meeting to determine false alarm reasons. And the White House said President Trump was briefed on the issue. Officials believe the alert was caused by the early warning system misreading two minor earthquakes as one larger one.

Natural disaster alerts - including false alarms - have been even more common, with the erroneous reports contributing to a growing and potentially unsafe sense of indifference among some.

Hawaii U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono tweeted that in a "time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to the community is accurate". "Someone could have had a heart attack", McLaughlin, 29, said.

Hawaii state lawmaker Kaniela Ing told CNN he had heard stories of people making tearful goodbye calls, and he said that a family had taken shelter in the sewers.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, confirmed the false alarm on Twitter 12 minutes after the errant message was sent.

"If you are outdoors seek immediate shelter in a building".

With the threat of North Korean missiles on many people's minds, the state reintroduced the Cold War-era warning siren tests last month in a move that drew worldwide attention.

Less than two months ago, Hawaii reinstated its Cold War-era nuclear warning sirens amid growing fears of an attack by North Korea. Guam distributed a pamphlet on nuclear attack preparedness that encouraged people to avoid using conditioner, "as it will bind the toxins to your hair".

More than 90% of the population would survive the immediate effects of a nuclear explosion, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

"The people of Hawaii should never have had to go through this. There is no time to waste", Gabbard said. Officials say a new procedure will be put in place to prevent a mistake like this from happening again. I shouldn't have taken that long.

"We're in a process of sending another message to cancel the initial message".

"This will not happen again", he added. The false alarm has caused outrage in the state.

"What happened today is totally inexcusable", tweeted Schatz.

Still others reacted nonchalantly to the alerts.

"All personnel take shelter immediately, or take appropriate action to shelter in place".

The captain, calmly and nearly cheerily, announced he was turning around the catamaran, without describing the precise threat. "I think everyone was kind of caught off guard", said Apodaca.

"Everyone was running around like, 'What do we do?'" he said. "What do we do?" There would be no whale sightings on this day.

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