Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Hawaiians horrified by false alarm of incoming missile attack

A push alert that warned of ballistic missile heading straight for Hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic Saturday was a mistake, state emergency officials said.

Gov. David Ige said at a press conference Saturday afternoon that the error happened during a routine procedure that occurs as workers are changing shifts.

Cell phones were overloaded while the Hawaii Emergency Management's website appeared to crash. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim himself issued a civil defense audio message at 8:20 a.m. saying the alert was a mistake by the state.

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.

The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, writes on Twitter that the agency is launching a "full investigation into the false emergency alert that was sent to residents of Hawaii".

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

"While I am thankful this morning's alert was a false alarm", he said, "the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system".

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command confirmed to The Post there is no danger. "Also at my age, 76, I am ready for death at any time". "We're actually trying to figure it out right now. Haha glad to know we'll all be safe".

Though the alert was quickly deemed false, many Hawaii residents heeded the nerve-wracking warning, taking refuge in hallways and basements.

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The false alarm was issued amid high worldwide tensions over North Korea's development of a ballistic nuclear weapon. "We tried to Google shelters and find somewhere to go, but there wasn't any information or plan".

"I was happy I watched a YouTube video on how to survive a nuclear attack", SuLun Novikoff said.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi is made a beeline for the office's 24-hour operations focus to discover why the false alarm about a ballistic rocket was conveyed. "Prior message was sent in blunder".

Trump was wrapping up a round of golf at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida when the incident was unfolding.

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