An emergency alert notification despatched out on Saturday claiming a “ballistic missile menace inbound to Hawaii” was a false alarm brought on by an worker urgent the “incorrect button” throughout a shift change, based on Hawaii Gov. David Ige.
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” the preliminary emergency alert learn.
Whereas the message triggered concern on social media, the Hawaii Workplace of Emergency Administration shortly responded on Twitter, saying, “NO missile menace to Hawaii.”
“It was a mistake made throughout an ordinary process on the change over of a shift and an worker pushed the fallacious button,” Gov. David Ige informed CNN.
A second emergency alert was despatched to telephones in Hawaii 38 minutes after the preliminary message confirming the false alarm.
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard additionally posted to Twitter, reassuring residents that she has confirmed with officers that “there isn’t any incoming missile” and informed CNN’s Jake Tapper the alert was “inadvertent.”
Commander David Benham, a spokesman for US Pacific Command confirmed in a press release that there isn’t a menace: “USPACOM has detected no ballistic missile menace to Hawaii,” the assertion learn. “Earlier message was despatched in error. State of Hawaii will ship out a correction message as quickly as potential.”
White Home spokesperson Lindsay Walters referred all questions concerning the alert to the Division of Protection.
Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz additionally took to Twitter on Saturday within the wake of the false alarm.
“There isn’t a missile menace,” the Democratic senator tweeted. “It was a false alarm based mostly on a human error. There’s nothing extra essential to Hawaii than professionalizing and idiot-proofing this course of.”
On Saturday, FCC head Ajit Pai stated the division is “launching a full investigation into the false emergency alert that was despatched to residents of Hawaii.”