Senator calls false missile alert 'inexcusable'

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Hawaii has been mentioned as a target for a possible nuclear threat together with Guam many times, and sending such a message out and not immediately clarifying and retracting this situation shows the level of preparedness this USA state civil authorities may be at in order to deal with a serious and threatening situation. Please disregard message of nuclear attack.

People who say they got through to the office were then told it was a mistake.

"I think it depends on the carrier", he said, "what is the carrier or the company that sponsors that, but we'll review that too, because all of them should have gotten this". I repeat, there is NO THREAT at this time.

Brain Schatz, a US Senator for Hawaii, said the text was sent due to "human error". Hawaiian authorities clarified the mistake, and assured everyone that there was no threat.

In western Oahu, people ran out of buildings into the streets, some in states of undress. "They should accurately be aware that this is not a threat but a reality". It's unclear how long the investigation might take, and what it will entail. "He's not taking this threat seriously".

State of Hawaii emergency management officials trigger an emergency alert that reads: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII".




Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell also tweeted saying the alert was sent in "ERROR".

A drill was reportedly taking place at the time and the message was sent in error.

In an interview on CNN, an angry Gabbard said, "I think first you'd be horrified and, second, once you realized it's not going to happen, now the anger is going to come". He said he was still in bed when the phone started going off "like insane".

Gov. David Ige and head of Hawaii's Emergency Management agency, Vern Miyagi, told Hawaii News Now that the false alert was the result of human error - and boiled down to clicking the wrong message during a shift change.

A White House statement said Donald Trump had been "briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise". "But I think it's a very serious problem if it wasn't that, or even it was, it shows that we have problems in the system that can cause major disruption and panic and anxiety among people in Hawaii". "Bring us peace, make a deal". We will announce when the threat has ended.

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