Panic ensues as Emergency Alert Service issues missile threat for Hawaii
Residents of Hawaii woke up to a terrifying notification on Saturday morning when the Emergency Alert Service issued a ballistic missile warning, telling residents to “seek immediate shelter.”
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” the alert, which was delivered at approximately 8:07 a.m. HST, reads.
U.S. Represenative Tulsi Gabbard tweeted shortly after the alert, confirming that it was a false alarm.
“I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile,” she wrote.
The Twitter account for Hawaii Emergency Management also noted that there there was no threat to the state.
The Federal Communications Commission did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The website for Hawaii Emergency Management Agency was also offline Saturday, possibly due to an influx of traffic.
According to Buzzfeed News reporter Amber Jamieson, a representative for the HEMA said the alert was pushed as part “of a drill that was going on.” Even though the message clearly states, “THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
In addition to mobile devices, the alert also interrupted local TV.
NBC News reports the alert was based on “human error, according to Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz.
Hawaii Sen. Schatz: “It was a false alarm based on a human error. There is nothing more important to Hawai‘i than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process.”
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 13, 2018
With tensions between the United States and North Korea at an all time high, the alert sent panic throughout the region and continental United States. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have both threatened each other with the possibility of nuclear attack in recent months, as North Korea continues to test its nuclear capabilities, despite condemnations from the rest of the world.
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