Hawaii mistakenly alerts residents of inbound ballistic missile

Posted January 19, 2018

On Saturday, the agency mistakenly sent an alert to cellphones with a warning to seek immediate shelter because a ballistic missile was "inbound to Hawaii". Still, it took the state's government more than a half hour to send another, updated smartphone alert with correct information. It has added a "cancellation button", allowing users to send a second alert over the same system that notifies recipients that the first was a false alarm.

A man suffered a massive heart attack minutes after the false missile alert in Hawaii.

It comes just days after a false cellphone alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile terrified residents in Hawaii. Seek shelter. Close your windows.

The mistake unleashed hysteria across Hawaii as many feared the worst.

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GETTYDonald Trump was golfing when the false alert was sent to Hawaiians

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. In this case, the message was retracted instantly, and the NHK subsequently issued an apology for the error.

Maybe by being forced - even through a false alarm - to contemplate the bitter end, we can begin to see a way to craft a new beginning.

The Hawaiian agency has also been slammed for their poor system design, after an image was released of the digital alert page to show how the wrong alert was sent out. Hawaii has been facing a nuclear threat from North Korea, which claims its missiles can hit the archipelago and other parts of the US.

Gov. David Ige (D) said the pre-programmed alert, the only one of its kind in the US, was sent after an employee "pushed the wrong button" during a shift change.

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President Donald Trump did not make any public comments about the false alert on Saturday. Hawaii residents didn't receive a retraction until 38 minutes after the alert.

She also says the Department of Homeland Security is examining how the USA government can quickly verify the accuracy of alerts with agencies such as the Department of Defense.

"This had the potential for being totally catastrophic", Hirono said.

For their part, Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Miyagi, the emergency management administrator, apologized and vowed changes.

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"Somebody messed up", said Erin Sutton, Director of Virginia Beach's Office of Emergency Management.

"As I tried to calm her down, I was suspicious that no other TV channels, local or cable news, had warnings on them, nor were the sirens going off", Dorn said.

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