Hawaii Authorities 'Mistakenly' Warn People of Missile Attack

Tourists or local: How to survive a ballistic missile attack in Waikiki, Maui, Kauai or anywhere in Hawaii?

Tourists or local: How to survive a ballistic missile attack in Waikiki, Maui, Kauai or anywhere in Hawaii?

Because there was no call [from the USA military], there was no decision necessary to activate the 394 state wide-sirens. "Instead of pushing a button to test the system, they pushed a button to launch the text messages out all across the state of Hawaii".

The false alarm may have only been sent to people in Hawaii, but emotions ran deep across the country.

"If it actually happened, I wouldn't have known and my family could have been dead", she said.

"It was a very weird thing when you look at your parent and say 'Are we going to be ok?"

An emergency alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile was accidentally sent to residents across cell phones, radio, and TV in Hawaii.

Many expressed their panic over social media as the USA and North Korea have exchanged threatening tweets of Nuclear war recently.

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission meanwhile tweeted that the FCC is launching an investigation into how the false emergency alert was sent. "And from here that would take 20 minutes to 30 minutes just to get to the closest shelters".

"The warning was a mistake", Miyagi said.

In addition, State Rep. Scott Saiki, the Democratic speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives, declared on Facebook that "this can not happen again". "A lot of people in the hotel, they were running outside in the corridors, but I just stayed put until they said 'Oops". He added that "it was erroneous" and that it happened during a "shift-change drill".

"When we read the text it was like, 'Am I reading this properly?' Because it said ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii".

Gov. David Ige (D) said he would consult with officials to ensure future "confidence" in the emergency alert system. "I think we just take it for granted that we'll always be safe and, really, it's kind of important to know what those are before the time comes".

The Woodruffs told News 8 that someone needs to be held accountable.

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