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38 minutes of fear: How a Hawaii missile alert test went wrong

14 January 2018
38 minutes of fear: How a Hawaii missile alert test went wrong

Tourists and residents received the false alert just one month after Hawaii tested its nuclear attack siren system.

The governor's remarks come after Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi headed to the agency's 24-hour operations center to find out why the false alert was sent out, according to an email to CNN. "I am working to get to the bottom of this so we can prevent an error of this type in the future." said Ige in a statement.

An emergency alert notification sent out on Saturday claiming a "ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii" was a false alarm caused by an employee pressing the "wrong button" during a shift change, according to Hawaii Gov. David Ige.

Several golfers participating in the US PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu also reacted to the alarming episode.

Teal, the adventurer and Hawaiian native, said "everyone was in a panic".

Charles Howell III was among players staying at the Kahala Hotel on the golf course.

Still, Bowers was "scared" until finding out via social media a half-hour later that it was a false alarm, he said.

"You got to know this guy feels bad". He says, "We all just stared at each other".

It was later made clear the message was false - it was accidentally sent out by the USA state's Civil Defence organisation. Some Bay Area residents are on vacation in Hawaii. After more than 30 minutes, the public was notified the alert has been a mistake.

He says in a statement that the Hawaii House of Representatives will begin an immediate investigation.

Experts say the base, headquarters for the US military's Pacific Command, would be a prime target for an attack by North Korea. Why was the alert sent, and why did it take 38 minutes for the Hawaiian government to correct it?

Allison Guzman and her friends were on a trip to Oahu from Fort Lauderdale when alerts came.

As he and his wife discussed their options, he got another smartphone alert reading, "There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii".

The alerts were sent through mobile push alerts and TV alerts.

Trump is spending the weekend in Florida.

Though the message stumped the internet in a few minutes, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency quickly responded on Twitter, saying, "NO missile threat to Hawaii".

The missile threat was a false alarm.

Australia's March Leishman - a three-time PGA Tour victor - said: "It's an interesting feeling, isn't it?" U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii called for the alert system to be suspended until "we can be 100 percent confident in its reliability". "I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile". The message also told people to seek shelter right away - and that it was not a drill.

The notice of a possible missile heading to Hawaii has caused much anxiety, panic, stress, and fear to Hawaii residents.

While the agency tweeted that there was no threat about 10 minutes after the warning, it was not officially rescinded for almost 40 minutes, when a revised alert confirming the "false alarm" reached cellphones.