Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

False Alarm Confirmed, No Missile Threat

False Alarm Confirmed, No Missile Threat

Screenshots bouncing around social media show alerts reading, in all caps "BALLISTIC MISSILE INBOUND TO HAWAII".

It was enough time to send people scrambling for shelter and their cars.

"While I am thankful this morning's alert was a false alarm, the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system", Ige said in a statement just emailed to reporters.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, tweeted: "This is a false alarm".

Hawai'i residents were stunned this morning by what turned out to be a false alarm of an incoming missile launch. Earlier message was sent in error.

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Hawaii EMA sent a correction notification at 1:45 ET, 38 minutes after sending out its initial message. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency says there is no threat.

A Buzzfeed reporter noted another alert clarifying that the first was a mistake wasn't sent out to cell phones for almost 40 minutes.

NORAD spokesman Lt. Commander Joe Nawroo said that they were trying to establish how the serious command and control error was made. "Last fall, Hawaii started having drills, but no staff told us this".

"There is no missile threat", he tweeted. He said he was still in bed when the phone started going off "like insane". Authorities in the state have been preparing for a worse-case attack scenario since July, and residents would have around 15 minutes to seek shelter in case of a nuclear missile attack from North Korea.

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