A crisis ready notice conveyed on Saturday asserting a “ballistic rocket danger inbound to Hawaii” was a false alert, as indicated by the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management and a tweet from one of the state’s Democratic congresswomen.
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” the emergency alert read.
While the message caused worry via web-based networking media, the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management immediately reacted on Twitter, saying, “NO rocket risk to Hawaii.”
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
“The notice was a misstep,” Miyagi said.
A moment crisis caution was sent to telephones in Hawaii 38 minutes after the underlying message affirming the false alert.
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard likewise presented on Twitter, consoling nationals that she has affirmed with authorities that “there is no approaching rocket” and disclosed to CNN’s Jake Tapper the alarm was “unintentional.”
Leader David Benham, a representative for US Pacific Command affirmed in an announcement that there is no danger: “USPACOM has identified no ballistic rocket risk to Hawaii,” the announcement read. “Prior message was sent in blunder. Territory of Hawaii will convey a rectification message as quickly as time permits.”
Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz additionally took to Twitter on Saturday in the wake of the false caution.
“There is no rocket danger,” the Democratic congressperson tweeted. “It was a false caution in light of a human blunder. There is nothing more critical to Hawaii than professionalizing and trick sealing this procedure.”
Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono resounded that point in her own tweet.