Hawaii ‘Missile Threat’ Is A False Alarm For Residents Regarding Possible North Korean Attack

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Was Hawaii at the risk of a “missile threat” from North Korea? No. Hawaii officials confirmed that an emergency alert warning instructing recipients to seek immediate shelter was sent accidentally. Despite residents of Hawaii having received the emergency alert on Saturday, there was a false alarm.

What happened? Residents received the following message: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” Why did it happen? The BBC reported that it was unclear how the initial mistake was made. Nonetheless, many were obviously concerned both in the state and out.

It was certainly a scary situation for those in Hawaii as not more than a week ago President Donald Trump boasted about having a much bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said emergency officials had mistakenly sent the message out by text at 08:07 (18:07 GMT) before correcting the error by email 18 minutes later. There was no follow-up mobile text until 38 minutes after the original alert, it said.

Commander David Benham, a spokesman for US Pacific Command confirmed in a statement to CNN that there is no threat: “USPACOM has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii,” the statement read. “Earlier message was sent in error. State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible.”

Here are some reactions on social media to the false emergency alarm.

NPR noted that Hawaiians heard a nuclear attack warning siren test last December for the first time since the Cold War, when the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tested a statewide alert tone signaling nuclear threat. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI, confirmed the false alarm on Twitter 12 minutes after the errant message was sent.

What did you think of the false emergency alarm? Were you affected by it or know someone who was? What was yours or their response? Let us know in the comments section.

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