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South Dakota family in Hawaii during false missile alarm

15 January, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • A mistaken alert went out Saturday warning of a missile headed toward Hawaii

Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii called the mistaken notification "totally inexcusable", blaming it on "human error".

Hawaii's governor said an emergency management employee pushed the wrong button.

"It was unfortunate and regrettable", the Democratic governor said.

"There is NO missile threat to Hawaii", the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency quickly tweeted, as social media ignited with screenshots of the cell phone emergency warning.

The system sends messages to mobile phones, TVs and highway message boards to urge people to evacuate.

"It was a bit jarring for sure", she said of the experience.

Miyagi emphasized that he regrets Saturday's error, but he said "it brings the awareness up to this level".

Mr Ige said the alert was sent during a employee shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, and that the state had no automated process to get out the word that it was a false alarm.

The message told them to seek shelter and that a missile was heading for the island.

One man from Long Prairie, Minn. was in Hawaii taking an island tour in a helicopter when the alert came out.

"First instinct was to jump out of bed and figure out what was going on".

"We live next to a main street,"Lehau La'a said, a Hawaiian native and CMU student, "So, they were hearing lots of traffic tires screeching". There were a group of people crying", said Clements".

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono echoed that point in her own tweet.

He said the father had just dropped his oldest child off at the airport and stopped at a restaurant when he received the warning.

"I thought to myself, it must be someone's last day at work or someone got extremely upset at a superior and basically did this as a practical joke", he said.

Many local residents had a sense of "surviving a disaster" and are thankful it was just an error, she added. "How can the emergency agency make a mistake like that?" wrote a student named Tian on Wechat Moment. About 40 minutes after the initial alert, an alert informing them of the false alarm was sent to the cellphones.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also posted to Twitter, reassuring citizens that she has confirmed with officials that "there is no incoming missile" and told CNN's Jake Tapper the alert was "inadvertent".

"We headed downstairs she was still in her pyjamas and we got in the vehicle and I headed toward the tsunami evacuation route, because that was the only thing I could think of to do in that moment".

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