Officials mistakenly send out missile warning in Hawaii

Officials mistakenly send out missile warning in Hawaii

Officials mistakenly send out missile warning in Hawaii

Gabbard also tweeted the mistaken alert, which stated: "EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. Probably about ten minutes after that I got another alert on my phone which startled me again but thankfully it said that there was no missile coming".

An emergency alert in Hawaii that urged citizens to seek shelter from an inbound ballistic missile was a false alarm, according to Representative Tulsi Gabbard.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi is made a beeline for the office's 24-hour operations focus to discover why the false alarm about a ballistic rocket was conveyed.

But the incorrect alert, the length of time it took to officially correct that alert, and whether federal, state and local authorities would be prepared in the event of a real missile threat has members of Congress and other government officials demanding answers and change.

Minutes later, an official statement from the FCC's director of media relations confirmed the investigation.

"There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process", he added. Brian Schatz, D-HI. "The whole state was terrified".

The moment the alert interrupted Hawaiin TV was shared on social media not long after it was revealed that no attack was actually coming. "It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system is working and an employee pushed the wrong button".

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Hawaii News Now reported that the state flew into panic, with "people scrambling for shelters and their cars, and online for additional news".

Batty later took to Twitter with her concern and frustration over the false alarm writing, "Ridiculous, you think they would have given everyone a heads up on this". At a time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to the community is accurate.

"What happened today is totally inexcusable", tweeted Sen.

He told Hawaii News Now on Saturday morning that after getting the alert, he huddled in his bathtub with his children and "said our prayers trying to find out what the hell was going on".

The erroneous alert came from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sought to calm nerves soon after the accidental alarm.

It's not clear if president Trump called anyone in the world to assure leaders this was a mistake.

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