Missile alert sends islands into panic

Kent Nishimura  Getty Images North America

Kent Nishimura Getty Images North America

Although Pettigrew said the local military presence in Hawaii provides lots of reassurance, given the constant threat posed by North Korea, he said the false alert provided a real warning.

"At first initially you panic", she said.

The emergency alert urging Hawaiians to "seek immediate shelter" came after months of soaring tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, with North Korea saying it has successfully tested ballistic missiles that could deliver atomic warheads to the United States volcanic island chain.

The White House sent out a statement by deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters: "The president has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise". He said officials would study the error to make sure it doesn't happen again. 'Feels terrible"There is a screen that says, "Are you sure you want to do this?'" Miyagi said, adding that the employee "feels bad about it". I think everyone was kind of caught off guard", said Apodaca".

Ajit Pai, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), tweeted Saturday that his agency was launching a "full investigation" into the false wireless emergency alert. According to Hawaiian officials, the alert was actually sent in error, an error that caused people to abandon cars and fleeing their homes.

The threats of North Korea sending ballistic missiles capable of reaching the mainland USA has surely placed the residents on guard.

"What happened today was totally unacceptable", the Democratic governor said.

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An incoming missile alert plunged residents of Hawaii in the USA into panic before it was declared a false alarm.

The intense fears from the false missile alarm in Hawaii Saturday morning reached South Dakota. The whole state was terrified. The cause of the false alarm was human error.

A ballistic missile warning system alert in Hawaii went off erroneously today creating panic among the islanders, even as the officials dubbed it a "false alarm".

"We're coming down outside of Frear (Hall) and see people running past us". "This will not happen again", he added.

"What the people of Hawaii went through.is a true realization that they've got 15 minutes to get to shelter or they're going to be dead", Gabbard told MSNBC.

With the threat of missiles from North Korea on people's minds, the state reintroduced the Cold War-era warning siren tests last month that drew global attention. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.

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