Ballistic missile alert in Hawaii spreads panic through the United States

Residents of Hawaii were terrified on Saturday morning as they woke up to receive a possible missile alert alarm only to be assured it was false afterwards.

An unusual message came through on the screen of mobile phone users that: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

The warning message despite being received on mobile phones was broadcasted on radio and television stations.

“If you are outdoors seeking immediate shelter in a building. Remain indoors well away from windows. If you are driving pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building while laying on the floor. We’ll announce when the threat has ended. This is not a drill!”

The message was out on mobile devices at 08:07 (18:07 GMT) in capital letters and was corrected by an email about 18 minutes later while it took about 38 minutes before another mobile text to debunk the early message, the Star-Advertiser reports.

Governor David Ige apologized saying the panic was caused by an employee who hit the wrong button.

An electronic sign in Oahu after the false alarm INSTAGRAM/@SIGHPOUTSHRUG VIA REUTERS

“It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system that it’s working. And an employee pushed the wrong button,”

“It was an inadvertent mistake,” said EMA administrator Vern Miyagi. “The change of shift is about three people. That should have been caught… it should not have happened.”


However, the alarm system is meant to alert of any possible potential North Korean. Last December, a siren test was carried out since the end of the cold war.




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