Hawaii officials say 'ballistic missile threat' emergency alert was mistake

Hawaii officials say 'ballistic missile threat' emergency alert was mistake

"From a NORAD perspective and that of the U.S. Northern Command, we are still trying to verify what happened", he said of the false alert.

The US Federal Communications Commission said it has launched a "full investigation" into a false wireless emergency alert that a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission said.

Many people who received the text reportedly contacted Civil Defence, which told them it was a mistake.

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency on Saturday clarified that an alert of a ballistic missile threat sent to people across the island was a false alarm.

At the PGA Tour event on Oahu, Waialae Country Club was largely empty and players were still a few hours from arriving.

Another said: Sirens are going off in Hawaii about a missle threat inbound to Hawaii. He said he was eating breakfast and "all the alarms went off at the same time".

Outside their rented Airbnb property, which overlooks the water, they saw people leaving the beaches and running down the streets, and cars flying by at high speeds as everyone rushed to get somewhere safe. "When the lives of millions are at risk, we must do more than just hope that mistakes won't happen".

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi said the error happened when someone hit the wrong button.

Saiki, the House speaker, said the system Hawaii residents have been told to rely on failed miserably.

"Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations", he said in a statement.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on a false alert that Hawaii was under the threat of being hit by a ballistic missile.

After the alert went out, there was panic on social media and confusion on the island.

The alert was also broadcast on television in Hawaii.

"I was awakened by the alert like everyone else here in the state of Hawaii", Governor David Ige revealed in a press conference aired on CNN. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said it "was purely a state exercise".

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency likewise confirmed that there was no threat, and that it was investigating the incident. Imagine waking up on a Saturday morning to a missile threat.

"At a time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to community is accurate", she wrote.

Ige says, "The public must have confidence in our emergency alert system".

"I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile". The alert message urged residents to seek immediate shelter and stated that it was not a drill. Jarring footage posted to social media shows children being lowered into an open manhole for protection.

The FBI's Strategic Information and Operations Center, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency are monitoring the situation, a USA official told CNN.

A voice over announced over the commentary that the incoming missile "was not a drill" and an impact could be "within minutes".

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