Hawaiian officials demand answers after false alarm of missile attack

Hawaiian officials demand answers after false alarm of missile attack

The emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones statewide just before 8:10 a.m., said: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII".

At 8:07 a.m., according to HEMA, the warning was triggered, prompting push notifications to be sent to cell phones telling residents "THIS IS NOT A DRILL" and that they should seek shelter immediately.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi said the error happened when someone pushed the wrong button. Earlier this week, Pai said the FCC would vote at its January meeting to enhance the effectiveness of wireless emergency alerts, which have been in place since 2012.

Video shows students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa running for cover and hiding in classrooms in wake of the emergency alert. "We will work together to share and provide updated information on this incident as we receive it", the mayor said.

It took about 40 minutes, but she says everyone breathed a sigh of relief when they learned the warning was a false alarm.

Faced with a public outcry following a false missile alert, Hawaiian officials apologized, saying an automated method of retracting warnings will be introduced and two employees, instead of one, will handle it in the future.

He said he was eating breakfast and "all the alarms went off at the same time". Remain indoors well away from windows. If you are driving pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building while laying on the floor. "We will announce when the threat has ended". Until all the changes are introduced, tests of the ballistic missile preparation checklist, which were performed several times a day since November 1, have been put on hold by the authorities.

"We're taking a deep breath knowing that it was a false alarm", Schatz said. I didn't know what to do. "Regardless of whether it was human error, a glitch or a hack, whatever it was, it is totally unacceptable". "The state's emergency management system needs to do much, much better, and there needs to be better accountability".

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In a news conference Saturday, Hawaii Gov. David Ige promised to evaluate the system to make sure nothing like this happens again.

Officials defended the missile warning tests saying they want residents to be prepared in the event of an actual nuclear attack due to tensions between the United States and North Korea.

A White House official told CNN that the president was briefed in person by national security adviser H.R. McMaster, deputy national security adviser Ricky Waddell and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Kim said he spoke against the state adding the missile alerts, which it recently began testing, because he didn't think it was ready.

A former Pentagon communications director during the Obama administration quipped that "thank God" Trump was playing golf during the false alarm. "That was one of the scariest moments of my life, when something like this happens, you can't wait to find out if its a false alarm", Dudley said.

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. If it had been real, she said, they had been told a missile could have hit as soon as 12 minutes after the alert.

"It was just like sudden panic and I realized I had no idea what to do in this kind of emergency", Edmonton business owner Stephanie Patel, told CTV News Channel later Saturday.

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