Hawaiians jarred by false alarm of ballistic missile threat

Residents of USA state Hawaii were left in shock and despair after an alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile was sent in error on Saturday. This was a shift from one room of individuals to another in a room that's manned 24 hours a day.

Thankfully, it was an error and the team - and everyone else in Hawaii - survived to tell their stories.

An Omaha native stationed in Hawaii with her husband and children says a false missile alert had her "hysterical".

"Take immediate shelter, that there was a missile coming and it wasn't a drill", Vartanian said.

For Hawaii, located about 4,600 miles away from North Korea, living in the shadows of a nuclear threat is becoming a reality.

"It was early morning and [I] was awakened by a text actually, an emergency text, that said, 'ballistic missile inbound Hawaii".

"There is no missile threat", Lt. Commander Joe Nawrocki said.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz called it "totally inexcusable".

The emergency alert, which was sent to mobile phones statewide just before 8.10am, said: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii".

He said it took almost an hour for them to receive another alert on their phone confirming the original attack warning was a result of human error. She said the woke up in disbelief.

The panic was visible on social media as well, as confused residents took to Twitter to describe the situation.

An employee sent out the false alarm.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai tweeted that the agency will be conducting a full investigation into the false alarm.

Gabbard, a member of the House Armed Services Readiness subcommittee, said there should be more safeguards to ensure that a mistake like that does not happen again.

"The radio message was really daunting, stating that you must - if you are in a hotel - lie on the ground, do not look out the window", he said.

"An error was made in emergency management which allowed this false alarm to be sent", Ige said.

  • Zachary Reyes