Hawaii accidentally puts residents on incoming missile alert
The alert was sent by mistake due to human error
Hawaiian residents received a worrying alert warning of a ballistic missile threat and to seek shelter immediately, this however was sent by mistake.
The alert, which was sent on their mobile phones, read: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."
HAWAII - THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018
However Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard confirmed that the alert was a false alarm and that the island was safe. Additionally Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency confirmed that there was no threat and its plans to investigate further.
Furthermore, it took officials 30 minutes to rectify the alert, the US Pacific Command said.
With tensions rising between the United States and North Korea, the alert alarmed many of the residents with them turning to Twitter to share with others.
Governor David Ige also added: "This should not have happened. We are investigating the sequence of events that occurred. An error was made in emergency management which allowed this false alarm to be sent. It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system is working and an employee pushed the wrong button."
The Emergency Alert System aims to inform residents on emergencies, such as AMBER alerts.