Hawaiians receive false warning of ballistic missile attack

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Residents of Hawaii were told that a ballistic missile was heading for the Pacific island and that they should take cover, in a emergency alert sent to people's phones entirely by accident.

Hawaiians scrambled to find shelter.

CNN was told by a viewer in Hawaii that both the initial threat warning and the message of false alarm more than 30 minutes later came across the TV warning notification system.

This photo illustration screenshot taken by the photographer of his cell phone shows messages of emergency alerts on January 13, 2018 of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hawaii Governor David Ige and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi apologised and vowed that the incident will not be repeated.

"In today's political climate, it's a very realistic outcome that something like this could happen", Phil said.

In explaining the delay, he noted there was no automatic way to cancel the false alarm, so it had to be done manually.

Emergency management officials later admitted "the wrong button was pushed" during a shift change. "But we took it as seriously as a heart attack", he said. She awakened her 16-year-old daughter with the news.

"I deeply apologize for the trouble and heartbreak we caused today", Miyagi said.

In a press conference, tonight Hawaii's Governor David Ige said they were sorry about the mistake.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, praised Pai's decision to address an error that sent many Hawaii residents into a panic for about 40 minutes.

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The message seems to have been sent as part of the US Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system, which allows authorised national, state or local government authorities to send alerts regarding public safety emergencies.

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

Miyagi said he meant to produce a report about the incident by next week.

With such a serious threat, it makes sense that officials would want to make sure nothing like that ever happens again, especially with the concerns of the country.

President Donald Trump was at the Trump International Golf Course in Florida after the emergency alert was issued at approximately 1:09 p.m. EST, before leaving for Mar-a-Lago around 1:38 p.m., according to pool reports.

In November, Hawaii said it would resume monthly statewide testing of Cold War-era nuclear attack warning sirens for the first time in at least a quarter of a century, in preparation for a possible missile strike from North Korea.

"AGAIN FALSE ALARM", he wrote in a second tweet.

Gabbard doesn't mention how we can achieve peace with North Korea because it's an inconvenient fact that Democratic Presidents Clinton and Obama, and Republican President George Bush, enabled the regime of Kim Jong Un to build nuclear weapons and ICBMs to threaten us.

Matt Lopresti, a member of the Hawaiian House of Representatives, was at home when he received the alert on his mobile phone.

"We rushed inside, ran to our hotel room, and grabbed what we needed", Phil Pham, a Peabody native, said by telephone early Saturday evening.

Williams - and the whole state of Hawaii - had no idea the alert was a mistake.