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Hawaii Says No Missile Threat After Emergency Alert Mistakenly Sent

14 January 2018

An alert Saturday informed Hawaii residents that a ballistic missile threat was inbound to the island state, sending residents into a panic for almost 40 minutes before a second alert informed residents that the first message had been a false alarm.

"We were scared to death", said Bray.

The FCC is working to better target alerts to impacted people and will vote this month on a proposal to "more precisely target these alerts to affected communities".

He said the father had just dropped his oldest child off at the airport and stopped at a restaurant when he received the warning.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza said it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened.

Within minutes, Hawaii's Emergency Management Association announced on Twitter that there was no threat.

The U.S. military has warned that any conflict on the Korean peninsula would be devastating.

Hawaii EMA has sent a correction for their false alarm about a ballistic missile.

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"I woke up and saw a missile warning and thought 'no way.' I thought 'No, this is not happening today, '" Malapit said.

"Again false alarm", he wrote in capitals. Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz says the false alarm about a missile threat was based on "human error" and was "totally inexcusable".

An emergency alert was mistakenly sent to residents of Hawaii Saturday that told people to seek immediate shelter.

Trump was briefed on the incident in person by Deputy National Security Adviser Ricky Waddell and later by White House chief of staff John Kelly, in addition to speaking to national security adviser HR McMaster, a White House official said.

Governor David Ige, a Democrat, said in comments aired on CNN, "I was awakened by the alert like everyone else here in the state of Hawaii".

Ige issued a statement via Twitter at 2:34 pm local time, saying he wanted to "get to the bottom of this so we can prevent an error of this type in the future". Hawaii is one of the closest potential targets for North leader Kim Jong Un.

Hawaii emergency officials sent out messages via social media confirming that there was no missile headed toward the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaii Says No Missile Threat After Emergency Alert Mistakenly Sent