Hawaii residents run for shelter after false emergency missile alert sparks panic

If Hawaii's Alert Had Been Real, Could The US Have Blocked A Missile Attack?

This smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's administrator, Vern Miyagi, said he took responsibility for the mistake.

The state adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Joe Logan contacts U.S. Pacific Command to verify that there was no missile launch.

Puzzled friends contacted by Goss told him that they were hearing nothing more about any imminent attack.

The Federal Communications Commission is also investigating the incident, FCC spokesman Brian Hart tweeted.

The backlash from lawmakers was swift.

"Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations", he said in a statement.

As he and his wife discussed their options, he got another smartphone alert reading, "There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii".

Almost 40 minutes would pass before they learned that it was a false alarm, allowing Bumanglag to breathe a sigh of relief. "I was thinking 'I'm never going to say goodbye to my husband'". "We must also do what we can to demand peace and a de-escalation with North Korea, so that warnings and sirens can become a thing of the past", Ige wrote. But there were problems there, too.

"There's really nowhere to take cover in Hawaii".

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Pinney and her husband were in Honolulu for a funeral.

"She said that when they left Arizona to go fly to Grand Junction, their parents told them", Flores said, "Her mom was giving her her last good bye before she boarded".

Donna McGarrity of Oahu was at home with her 30-year-old son when they got the alert.

She questioned why it took civil defense so long to send out the all-clear and why they tweeted before sending a mobile push alert. Apparently an employee at the state emergency agency pushed the "wrong button" Hawaii's governor said.

As to how this whole saga unfolded, Hawaii governor David Ige explained that the message was sacked off after someone accidentally pressed a wrong button.

"I thought, 'Oh my god, this is it. I haven't seen no missiles fly over'".

Officials in the country quickly ruled out hacking and have said that human error was to blame during a routine test of its systems during a shift change.

In an interview with CNN, Ige elaborated on the mistake.

"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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