Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Missile alert sent to Hawaii residents by mistake, officials say

Missile alert sent to Hawaii residents by mistake, officials say

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza says it's a false alarm.

That message came out before a new phone alert because, as Rapoza says, EMA "did not have the process in place to send out an all clear", and had to get approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency before sending another wireless emergency message.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also said on Twitter that she had confirmed with officials that the alert was a false alarm.

But for the more than 30 minutes it took before a corrected message was broadcast, the alert caused panic around the state. "It was a false alarm based on a human error". "This false alarm caused real harm across the state".

But 38 minutes later, USA officials sent another message saying that the text was a false alarm. "There is no incoming missile to Hawaii".

Scores of confused residents tweeted screenshots of the warnings after receiving them shortly after 8am local time.

The White House appeared to distance itself from a colossal mix-up that resulted in a false alert being sent out in Hawaii warning of an impending ballistic missile threat. Earlier message was sent in error. "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process", he wrote.

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Jodi Luchs, an ophthalmologist from Merrick, N.Y. visiting Hawaii for a conference, told CNBC that he was settling in for breakfast on an otherwise flawless day, when hundreds of diners received the false alarm simultaneously.

He added that the human error happened as shifts were changing.

"We will announce when the threat has ended". Even though the state says almost 93 percent of the state's 386 sirens worked properly, 12 mistakenly played an ambulance siren.

Hawaii also recently started conducting tests of its nuclear attack siren for the first time since the end of the Cold War.

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".

The US military maintains a complex and integrated network of sensors and detection capabilities in the Pacific to track ballistic missile activity, a network that has been -- of necessity -- improved in recent years, according to CNN military analyst John Kirby.

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