Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Local emergency official responds to false missile alert in Hawaii

Local emergency official responds to false missile alert in Hawaii

The debate comes as North Korea claims it is testing weapons that could deliver a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile to Hawaii, Guam and even the US mainland.

NHK sent out a news alert on its website and apps at 6:55 p.m., saying "North Korea likely to have launched a missile" and also implied that Japan's emergency warning system was activated and urged people to seek shelter.

A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn't need and then taking another 15 minutes to cancel the alert that was sent to mobile devices statewide. As happened last Saturday in Hawaii when a technician clicked the wrong box on a program and sent out text alerts of an impending missile attack, the 2014 glitch also happened when a live code got sent out inadvertently.

FEMA has the ability to send alerts to targeted audiences but has not yet taken on that responsibility, said Daniel Gonzales, a senior scientist at RAND Corp. who was contracted by Homeland Security to study the Wireless Emergency Alert.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat, said it's clear that human error initiated the false alert. "They made a mistake".

But at the county level, emergency coordinators have their own system.

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Sending a national alert could cause more problems than a targeted alert, he said.

"You'd think there would be another authentication along the way before something like that went out", Walden said. NHK television deleted the warning after several minutes.

Nonetheless, the false alarm happened at a time when the Federal Communications Commission is already talking about the system's design, which is said to be outdated and often too broad-and that leads the public to take the alerts that matter less seriously.

"IAEM-USA believes this incident can be a learning exercise for other local emergency management agencies across the United States", the association said in a statement [PDF].

She said the system includes outdoor warning sirens, typically used for tornadoes but they could be used in a variety of emergencies. Maybe they created nuclear weapons and left them in the hands of the T-Rex equivalents of Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.

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