Hawaiians Get False Missile Alarm

There was commotion on Saturday in Hawaii, United States (U.S.), after emergency officials confirmed that an alert signifying that ballistic missile was inbound to the island, was a mistake. The message (seen above) advised citizens to seek shelter immediately and that the message itself was "not a drill". There was no follow-up mobile text until 38 minutes after the original alert, it said.

According to The Associated Press report, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza said it was a false alarm and the agency was trying to determine what happened.

"The FCC has begun a full investigation into the FALSE missile alert in Hawaii", Carr said, retweeting a similar message from FCC chief of staff Matthew Berry.

Brian Schatz, a U.S. senator from Hawaii, shared his anger on Twitter, writing that "the whole state was terrified".

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono resounded that point in her own tweet.

She told Global News Radio 770 CHQR in a phone interview that she was preparing for a conference call when the alert came through. The US Pacific Command noted that the message was sent in error, and it took more than 30 minutes for authorities to push out a correction. Brian Schatz, D-HI. "The whole state was terrified".

"The reality is that every American needs to understand that if you had gone through what the people of Hawaii just went through, what my family and so many families in Hawaii just went through, you would be angry just like I am", said Gabbard.

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According to social media reports, the alert sent numerous islanders into a panic.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige told CNN that human error caused the alert to go out. Schatz tweeted. He added that "What happened today is totally inexcusable".

Governor David Ige issues the following statement: "While I am thankful this morning's alert was a false alarm, the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system".

Hawaii News Now reported that the state flew into panic, with "people scrambling for shelters and their cars, and online for additional news".

The agency later tweeted, "NO missile threat to Hawaii".

A drill was reportedly underway when the warning was issued, though it is now unclear what triggered the false alarm.

Cell phones were overloaded while the Hawaii Emergency Management's website appeared to crash. "This was purely a state exercise", said White House Deputy Press secretary Lindsay Walters in an official statement.

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