Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hawaii False Alarm Caused by Pushing Wrong Button

Hawaii False Alarm Caused by Pushing Wrong Button

He sent his mother, back home in southern IL, a message - a screen shot of his phone, with the alert across it. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill, ' read the message, in capital letters.

But 38 minutes later, USA officials sent another message saying that the text was a false alarm. He added that "it was erroneous" and that it happened during a "shift-change drill".

"There is no missile threat", Lt. Commander Joe Nawrocki said.

PARKS: The chairman of the FCC said the agency is launching an investigation into the alert.

Sara then told us their next thought: "What now?" "Earlier message was sent in error".

"I'm in Honolulu, Hawaii and my family is on the North Shore".


US defence agencies, the Pentagon and the US Pacific Command issued the same statement, that they had "detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii".

Residents in Hawaii were left panic-stricken on Saturday morning when they received emergency text messages warning them, incorrectly, of an incoming ballistic missile. "State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible".

World number four and 2017 PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas was one of several players who took to social media following the false alarm in Honolulu. According to Hawaiian officials, the alert was actually sent in error, an error that caused people to abandon cars and fleeing their homes.

At a little past 1 pm EST (8 am HST), Canadian national cross country mountain bike champion Emily Batty had just headed out for a training ride in Hawaii when an alert popped up onto her iPhone.

The MSNBC correspondent later noted that the false alarm controversy has raised questions regarding if the Hawaii Civil Defense group should even have the capability of sending out such alerts, or if those should be reserved for military use only. Tourists and locals were just waking up as their phones buzzed with a short emergency alert.

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

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