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Panic in Hawaii as Residents Receive False Alarm Warning of Incoming Ballistic Missile

HeadlineJan 16, 2018

Residents of Hawaii experienced panic on Saturday morning when an emergency management worker mistakenly sent out a false alarm warning residents about an incoming ballistic missile. The alert, which residents received to their cellphones, read, “Emergency Alert: Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound to Hawaii. Seek Immediate Shelter. This is Not a Drill.” It took 38 minutes for Hawaii to then inform residents that the alert was, in fact, a mistake. This is Hawaii Governor David Ige.

Gov. David Ige: “Today is a day that most of us will never forget, a day when many in our community thought that our worst nightmare might actually be happening, a day when many frantically tried to think about the things that they would do if a ballistic missile launch would happen.”

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Japanese residents also received a false alert about an incoming ballistic missile. This alert was sent as a news alert by the national broadcaster NHK.

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