BC woman caught up in Hawaii false missile alarm


"THIS IS NOT A DRILL", read the message, which also blared across Hawaiian televisions stations.

At around 8.07 am local Hawaii time, an emergency alert was sent to all cell phones in caps.

An emergency alert warning of an imminent missile strike sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones.

Governor David Ige told a news conference he was "angry and disappointed" over the incident, apologized for it and said the state would take steps to ensure it never happens again.

Governor David Ige apologised for the mistake, saying it occurred when the system was being tested during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Calgaro said some people found the advisory to "take cover" to be humorous.

The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.

Hawaii emergency officials say an alert of a ballistic missile threat is a false alarm. I looked online and thought, 'It can't be real.' I put on some music, opening the sliding door and figured there was nothing I can do about a missile.

The incident prompted the Pentagon and the US Pacific Command to issue the same statement, that they had "detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii". "Barely any service. Can you send confirmed message over radio or tv".

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

White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters referred all questions about the alert to the Department of Defense.

"People were scurrying all over", said Pristelski.

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A screen capture from the Twitter account of U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard shows a missile warning for Hawaii, the United States. on January 13, 2018.

During the Cold War there were many false alarms.

The false alarm was the result of human error, not hackers or a foreign government, according to The New York Times. "There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process".

Emiliano Grillo of Argentina tweeted an image of the push alert from his hotel room and wrote, "Just woke up here in Hawaii to this lovely text". The whole state was terrified.

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono echoed that point in her own tweet.

"We just stayed in my daughter's home and made sure the windows were closed". We need peace - not political bickering.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency is "launching a full investigation" into the false alarm. "So we looked at our phones, 'hey there's a missile approaching'". "There is nothing we can do with a missile, '" said Sterling, a law firm employee.

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the subject of a meeting attended by Federal Communications Commission officials last month. "Total freaking out, not really concerned and didn't believe it was happening and then people where just kind of in shock, that's the third".

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Photo In 2016, law enforcement authorities in NY used a wireless alert as a kind of digital wanted poster in the hunt for a man suspected of bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey.

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