False missile alert in Hawaii causes panic for local families

15 January, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • This was the alert which was issued among residents in Hawaii on Saturday morning which caused panic. Civil Defense later told residents it was a mistake and that someone'pushed the wrong buttons during a drill

In Huntsville, Priscilla Oaks had no clue what was going on until her daughter called her. Oaks said she felt helpless knowing that her daughter Angelina, her grandchild and son-in-law were in Oahu, and there was nothing she could do. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Trump was briefed by aides and that the incident involved "purely a state exercise".

"I think it's pretty irresponsible, but I guess, you know, people make mistakes, things do happen, I guess the main point is just that everyone's okay and nothing bad happened", Guzman said.

"The radio message was really daunting, stating that you must - if you are in a hotel - lie on the ground, do not look out the window", he said.

"All of a sudden this loud alarm like an amber alert alarm came on my phone, but I could hear it on other people's phones". I was thinking, 'What could we do?

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And Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said on social media the panel would launch an investigation. The alert was not corrected for 38 minutes.

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. The people of Hawaii have been on edge in recent months as North Korea's Kim Jong-un may be closer to perfecting a nuclear missile.

"There is a screen that says, 'Are you sure you want to do this?'" Mr Miyagi said, adding the employee "feels awful about it".

"It shouldn't happen, we've already taken action to assure that a false alert does not happen again", said Ige. 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. "It was a false alarm based on a human error". The whole state was terrified.

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"While I am thankful this morning's alert was a false alarm, the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system. There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process".

"At a time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to community is accurate", she wrote. He also pleaded for better relations with North Korea "so that warnings and sirens can become a thing of the past". "I'm sorry for that pain and confusion that anyone might have experienced".

"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".

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