Hawaiians receive false warning of ballistic missile attack

Hawaiians receive false warning of ballistic missile attack

Hawaiians receive false warning of ballistic missile attack

It wasn't a drill, but it also wasn't real.

Nielsen spoke on "Fox News Sunday" about the misguided emergency alert.

"Then I got the message it was a mistake", Johnson said. "The change of shift is about three people". The mistaken click caused widespread panic that reached all the way to Minnesota.

Government officials followed the message by saying it was a mistake and there was not an incoming missile.

Thirty-eight minutes passed before people on the islands received a second alert calling the first message a false alarm.

"My daughters and my husband were taken to a WWII bomb shelter", she said.

She said, "my heart was pounding". "And that would have hurt a lot more". Although the alert was determined to be sent in error shortly afterward, many scrambled for shelter and called loved ones to say goodbye. She said after Saturday's incident they're ready to get back to Florida.

IPAWS integrated all known means of delivering emergency alerts and the responsibility of using it was handed to FEMA, which authorises local Emergency Management Agencies to issue threat alerts as and when necessary.

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The onslaughts of alerts caused chaos and confusion on the islands.

"We live next to a main street,"Lehau La'a said, a Hawaiian native and CMU student, "So, they were hearing lots of traffic tires screeching".

The emergency alert urging Hawaiians to "seek immediate shelter" came after months of soaring tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, with North Korea saying it has successfully tested ballistic missiles that could deliver atomic warheads to the USA volcanic island chain. "With North Korea and all the tension it's just insane, and there's no way to prepare for that".

"I was just in awe, and just shocked that this is happening", Breiter told Fox 9.

Colonel Morris Davis, a former Pentagon official, attacked the President for continuing "his round of golf in Florida on his 120th taxpayer funded vacation day in less than a year" as Hawaiians "braced for a ballistic missile strike".

Hawaii officials have repeatedly apologized for the mishap. It was later confirmed that the message was a result of an employee's mistake and measures would be taken so this kind of terrifying thing never happens again.

"I can't even really describe it. I, too, am extremely upset about this and am doing everything I can do to immediately improve our emergency management systems, procedures, and staffing", said Governor.

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