Oops! Hawaii Officials Accidently Send Warning Of Incoming Ballistic Missile

15 January 2018, 12:09 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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Pushed: wrong button

Hawaiians scrambled to find shelter.

The warning - which came across the Emergency Alert System that authorities nationwide use to delivery vital emergency information - read: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII".

American professional Talor Gooch posted a screenshot of the warning, which was issued on the Emergency Alert System and flashed up on cell phones and televisions across the island state.

State officials said in a news conference Saturday they are now suspending tests of the system until the investigation is done.

"What happened today was totally unacceptable", the Democratic governor said. However, it was really a false alarm.

Emergency management officials later admitted "the wrong button was pushed" during a shift change.

Carol Ann Chambers said she didn't get the alert on her phone at all. She awakened her 16-year-old daughter with the news.

"I looked out our patio and I could see down below", she said.

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David Ige, the governor of Hawaii, told CNN, said: 'It was a mistake made at the change over of a shift.

Alarms went off at a crowded gymnastics festival, causing a rush of people trying to get to back rooms.

"This false alert is detrimental to the integrity and trust of the emergency management system", said state Sen. Mr Miyagi, who took responsibility for the incident, said the mistake "should have been caught". "This will not happen again", he added. "You don't get a do-over for something like that". Samuel Hickman, from Avon, was one of the many vacationing in Hawaii as this all unfolded. Hawaii's economy depends heavily on tourism.

Facing the outcry, Gov. David Ige and Hi-EMA Administrator Vern Miyagi first offered an apology and then some answers during an afternoon press conference.

Footage shows how people in Hawaii were terrified by the false warning of an imminent missile attack by North Korea on Saturday morning.

He called the false alarm "definitely scary stuff". I was thinking, 'What could we do?

The White House said US President Donald Trump had been briefing about the incident, calling the alert "purely a state exercise". Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, both D-Calif., wrote to Pai, saying that inefficient location-targeting had deprived some residents of receiving alerts, as wildfires raged across Northern California, the Times reported. I'm like 'No we're good, we're still here.

"We were scared to death", said Bray. The false alert comes amid escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States over Pyongyang's development of ballistic nuclear weapons.



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