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

15 January, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Kim Reid
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Reports from the island indicate that alert sirens did not go off.

Minnesota Musician Kat Perkins, who was on vacation as well, said she was on her way to snorkel when she received the alert.

It told people to seek immediate shelter and that it wasn't a drill.

White House spokeswoman, Lindsay Walters, suggested the state-wide alert could have been planned as she labelled it a "state exercise".

State officials said in a news conference Saturday they are now suspending tests of the system until the investigation is done.

"The intention of the call was kind of, say my goodbyes and if this was it, then I wanted to be talking to them as it happened, so it was really terrifying", said Apodaca.

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With missile threats coming from North Korea, he thought the alert was real.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency is "launching a full investigation" into the false alarm.

Nielsen spoke on "Fox News Sunday" about the misguided emergency alert.

The alert sent the islands into a panic, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cellphone alert was a mistake.

He said that North Korea is a constant concern, given the threat of nuclear missiles.

"The warning was a mistake", Miyagi said. World number four and 2017 PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas was among several players at the event in Honolulu who took to Twitter following the false alarm.

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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was among the first to confirm on Twitter that the alert was mistakenly sent out, and there was no threat of a missile.

In Oahu, Chaparro said she was in "disbelief over how long it took to tell us it was a false alarm" and said the chaos and panic prove the state isn't ready for a real attack.

"There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process", he wrote.

"We just stayed in my daughter's home and made sure the windows were closed". "We learned a few lessons about how we need to improve the communications".

With the threat of missiles from North Korea on people's minds, the state reintroduced the Cold War-era warning siren tests last month that drew worldwide attention.

Tracking, verification and analysis would be provided to civil authorities by US Strategic and Pacific Commands, Kirby said. "What happened today was totally unacceptable and many in our community are deeply affected by this and I'm sorry".

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