False ballistic missile warning sends Hawaii into panic — TIMELINE

  • False ballistic missile warning sends Hawaii into panic — TIMELINE

False ballistic missile warning sends Hawaii into panic — TIMELINE

Hawaii is the closest state to North Korea.

Emily Batty (Trek Factory), along with potentially thousands of residence and tourists on the island, were sent into a panic when they received a text message warning of an incoming ballistic missile while on a training ride in Hawaii on Saturday.

Hawaii has been mentioned as a target for a possible nuclear threat together with Guam many times, and sending such a message out and not immediately clarifying and retracting this situation shows the level of preparedness this US state civil authorities may be at in order to deal with a serious and threatening situation.

McPherson said she then went online to confirm her suspicions. "We've been so safe for so long", he said.

"I can't paint anything good on this", Miyagi said.

As The Washington Post reported in November, sirens to warn of ballistic missile attacks were reinstated last month in response to growing concern of a potential North Korea nuclear threat.

Hawaii's governor David Ige told CNN that human error was responsible for the alert being sent out.

Cluxton said some people in the store eventually received a second alert on their phone saying it was a false alarm.

They vowed to get to the bottom of how such a colossal error was made. Everyone tried to call their families, 911, or get online to check the news, but phone lines and data services were jammed.

That was the verdict of musician Darcy Hanneman, one of many in the U.S. state of Hawaii who received a terrifying - and incorrect - warning that a ballistic missile was heading their way. "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process", he wrote.

"There is no missile threat". He was still "a little freaked out" and feeling paranoid even after hearing it was a false alarm.

"There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process", he added. Mattis requests probe into Texas shooter's records MORE (D) tweeted in the meantime that officials had assured her that the message was a false alarm. At a time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to the community is accurate.

Ige says he's meeting with the state defense and emergency management officials to not only find out how this could occur, but to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Cell phones were overloaded while the Hawaii Emergency Management's website appeared to crash.

White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters referred all questions about the alert to the Department of Defense.

Saiki says the system Hawaii residents have been told to rely on failed miserably. I am deeply troubled by this misstep that could have had dire consequences.

"Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations", Saiki continued. Authorities reportedly took 38 minutes to correct the mistake. Parents and children panicked during those 30 minutes. "This can not happen again".