'This Is Not A Drill': A False Ballistic Missile Alert Shakes Hawaii

Bader, 33, a veterinarian who lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, had just awoken and gotten a cup of coffee when the alert came on his cellphone.

Toronto chef Rodney Bowers is now visiting Hawaii with friends.

"I let her know that I loved her and miss her and that I didn't know what was happening", said Pettigrew.

If a missile were launched by North Korea toward Hawaii, the 1.4 million residents of the islands would have only about 20 minutes' notice before it hit.

While he said he did not panic, he and his friends tried to take precautions until they learned it was a false alarm.

North Korea, China and ISIS were center stage - with some differences of opinion on coping with Kim Jong Un - at the annual Chamber of Commerce Hawaii military partnership conference Friday at the state Capitol. "HPD confirmed the false warning three minutes after it was issued by the state Emergency Management Agency and immediately began using their bullhorns to inform the public throughout Oahu, including Waikiki, that no threat existed". "Others said, 'Let's see what's going on". "This is a real threat facing Hawaii, so people got this message on their phones and they thought, 'We have 15 minutes before me and my family could be dead'".

Human error is blamed for a false alarm of a missile heading for Hawaii, but the scare left Americans wondering how the missile detection and emergency messaging systems are supposed to work - and what went wrong. "I think the only answer is diplomacy and have peace". "People were notified by cell phones and depending on the service not everyone got the message".

"There is a real threat (to Hawaii)", said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dan "Fig" Leaf, a former U.S. Pacific Command deputy commander.

"People were crawling under tables and hiding", she said, "and going into buildings that looked more sturdy".

The speed of a warning is critical for the Hawaiian islands, located about 4,600 miles from North Korea. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.

To prevent future errors, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said in a press release it would halt all future drills until the agency "has completed a full analysis of the event".

State Representative Matt LoPresti told CNN he and his family sought safety in a bathtub but wondered why nuclear alert sirens had not sounded.

Saiki says, "Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations". "I wasn't in an area where I had any friends where I could go into their homes", she said.

People who were just visiting Hawaii "wouldn't know where to go or what to do", Hines said.

"It's all good. We make mistakes", he said.

"You might imagine, this startles you first thing in the morning", he said.

Ige says he's meeting with the state defense and emergency management officials to not only find out how this could occur, but to make sure it doesn't happen again.

  • Leroy Wright