False Missile Threat Causes Panic in Hawaii

14 January, 2018, 09:43 | Author: Sammy Rose

As my wife and I scanned social media, we turned the television to a kids' show in the hopes of shielding my seven-year-old son from news that death might rain down from the skies in a few minutes.

"State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR!" The immature messages the current commander in chief has sent to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a ballistic missile attack on an American territory seem extremely likely. Officials would then use AM-FM broadcast radios to provide information, the agency said.

World No.4 and 2017 PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas was among several players at the Sony Open in Honolulu who took to Twitter following the false alarm.

"They were frantically working to get the cancellation message out", Miyagi said.

"We stood around like it wasn't actually happening", said Paet. "If this goes out, there will be a 12-14 minute warning for an actual event".

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency says it's not clear what caused the alert to go out.

"We've been in so many different, I wouldn't say life-threatening things with flying and hiking ... this is one of those "by the way in minutes, you could be vaporized" kind of feelings that is really probably one of the strangest sensations I've ever felt", he said.

Ms Hanneman tweeted that she had "pulled the closet doors off and blocked off the windows".

Outside their rented Airbnb property, which overlooks the water, they saw people leaving the beaches and running down the streets, and cars flying by at high speeds as everyone rushed to get somewhere safe.

With missile threats coming from North Korea, he thought the alert was real.

House Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), tweeted that the alert was a false alarm. Szigeti said the Hawaii Tourism Authority "immediately reached out" to partners and messaged very quickly that this was a false alarm to mitigate any potential alarm.

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J.J. Spaun, meanwhile, said he had taken cover in a hotel basement.

As I write this, officials are saying it was "human error". "THIS IS NOT A DRILL", the alert said. As they waited, she said she feared for her and her family's life.

Senator Schatz, on his Twitter account, called for accountability and a foolproof alert process.

In a conciliatory news conference Saturday, Ige promised to evaluate the testing system to ensure such a mistake would never happen again.

Malcolm Beebe told the BBC from Honolulu he was also pondering his mortality: "I received the text massage about an incoming missile attack. This was purely a state exercise".

The false alarmed stirred panic across the island on Saturday. Everyone with a cellphone received the alert.

Emily Dungate was in her dorm room when she heard the alert, and a friend told her they needed to go downstairs.

Jaime Malapit, owner of a Honolulu hair salon, texted his clients that he was cancelling their appointments and was closing his shop for the day. The alert was not corrected for 38 minutes.

"Wireless emergency alerts (WEA) are one of several key tools to warn the public of imminent danger when disaster strikes", Pai said in a statement on Tuesday.

"I know firsthand that what happened today was totally unacceptable and many in our community were deeply affected by this and I'm sorry for that pain and confusion anyone might have experienced".

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