'Wrong button' pushed during 'shift change' blamed for false Hawaii missile alert

'Wrong button' pushed during 'shift change' blamed for false Hawaii missile alert

A voice over announced over the commentary that the incoming missile "was not a drill" and an impact could be "within minutes".

Richard Ing, a Honolulu attorney, is photographed as he joked it was probably someone's last day on the job when Hawaii emergency management officials mistakenly sent an alert that a ballistic missile was inbound to Hawaii.

Jim tweeted about receiving the message, which sent the people of Hawaii into panic mode until a retraction was sent out 35 minutes later.

Daul said that because Hawaii started sounding nuclear war sirens at the end of past year, "It's an unfortunate reality, (but) it didn't feel so much out of the blue this morning", he said.

However, a spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command told BuzzFeed News the incident was a false alarm.

We're glad that everyone is safe! "State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible". "We've been so safe for so long", he said.

People in Hawaii panicked when they got an emergency alert on their phones warning of an incoming ballistic missile threat.


Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted the false alarm was "totally inexcusable" and was caused by human error.

Multiple members of the media and others shared the mobile alert they received Saturday, which warned of an inbound ballistic missile threat and called for people to seek immediate shelter.

'No missile is headed toward the State of Hawaii REPEAT.NO MISSILE IS HEADED TOWARD THE STATE OF HAWAII'. The whole state was terrified.

The New Zealand golfer Danny Lee, who is in Hawaii for a tournament, tweeted that he had received the alert. The White House deputy press secretary, Lindsay Walters, released a statement afterward saying Trump had been made aware of the situation. He said, "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process".

North Korean President Kim Jong-un has threatened to unleash his country's growing missile weapon capability against the USA territory of Guam or US states, prompting President Donald Trump to threaten tough actions against Pyongyang, including "fire and fury". Saturday's warning comes after months of nerve-inducing intercontinental ballistic missile tests by Kim Jong Un.

Hawaii is on the flight path between North Korea and the US.

The state began testing its nuclear warning system in December, CNN reported.

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