Hawaii accidentally sends out missile threat alert

by Garry Watts January 14, 2018, 0:07
Hawaii accidentally sends out missile threat alert

Efforts to reach Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency were unsuccessful.

Media reports said it took 38 minutes for the initial alert to be corrected.

"I felt sick and woke up all the family before rushing and packing my bags".

But for more than 10 minutes, confused and frightened Hawaiians wondered if they were imminent danger.

On Saturday local time an emergency alert in capital letters was sent to the mobile phones of residents. Hopefully the civil defence can get their alerts right next time. He said he was still in bed when the phone started going off "like insane".

At 9:30 a.m., Ige issued a statement saying he is meeting with state Department of Defense and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials to investigate the error. Then, they were told to go to the basement.

The alert sent people scrambling for shelter and their cars.

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Dee Whitby from Havelock North was in Hilo when the alert was made.

The message said "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii". Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

"This is regrettable and it won't happen again", Miyagi said.

Emergency phone lines were reportedly clogged with calls following the alert. Gen. Kenneth Hara, Deputy Adjutant, Hawaii National Guard, "so we just urge the public to keep with that three things".

Erroneous missile attack warning was also broadcast on TV stations across Hawaii. But there's no way to undo the terror and panic that the alert caused. "That was not fun, everyone was in so much despair". "This was purely a state exercise", the official said.

Gabbard also tweeted the mistaken alert, which stated: "EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII". I am working to get to the bottom of this so we can prevent an error of this type in the future.

"NBC News had tweeted that it was an error, that there wasn't actually a missile coming which was a huge relief". It literally took nearly 40 minutes for people in Hawaii to be told that they weren't under a missile threat.

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