Japan broadcaster issues false North Korea missile alert causing panic among people

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the agency will be working with states to follow proper protocols when issuing safety alerts and can quickly retract incorrect alerts like Hawaii's warning of a ballistic missile over the weekend.

"I was out in a touristy part of Hawaii yesterday and we heard a lot of side chatter", she said.

"The reality is that every American needs to understand that if you had gone through what the people of Hawaii just went through, what my family and so many families in Hawaii just went through, you would be angry just like I am", said Gabbard.

"One of the things I appreciate about our siren system is it's very clear about the fact that you are going to activate it, and actually the buttons are highlighted in the way that it's easier to push the cancel", says Keith Stammer.

Duty officers have equipment for remote, alert initiation, and Getter says even a nuclear warning could be issued from an officer's home.

In the meantime, the employee who sent the false alert has been reassigned and an investigation, led by Hawaii Army National Guard Brig. Hawaii residents didn't receive a retraction until 38 minutes after the alert.

Emergency management spokesman Richard Rapoza confirmed to USA TODAY that the agency received the threats via anonymous telephone calls. The reports will detail what happened, and how to fix it moving forward.

"I don't want to say it was a blessing in disguise, but it nearly was", she said.

The agency didn't immediately respond to a request for more information.

No sooner had we written up that fake missile alert in Hawaii than another fake missile alert was sent out, this time in Japan.

David told Kimberly they had to find shelter to try to avoid the blast.

An employee who accidentally triggered a false missile alert in the USA state of Hawaii has been temporarily reassigned to another position - away from the state warning system.

A vehicle crash and a woman reporting that she was so upset she ran into the woods and stabbed herself in the arm were the only two incidents police could directly link to the scare.

The goal, Schatz says, is to make sure Hawaii has a fool-proof disaster alert system, to make sure this doesn't happen again, to hold the state accountable, and rebuild the public's trust.

The same alert was sent to mobile phone users of NHK's online news distribution service, but was retracted within a few minutes.

  • Leroy Wright