False “ICBM Threat” Shakes Hawaii

FALSE MISSILE ALERT SHAKES HAWAII

Hawaiians had a very interesting Saturday, as the country’s Civil Defense issued a false missile alert (they basically pushed the wrong button allegedly), leaving many residents crying and screaming for 38  minutes of sheer terror. The terrifying false alert which impacted Hawaii’s residents was due to a message sent in error. Thousands of scared citizens received the alert on their smartphones on Saturday morning, at 8.07 a.m. local time.

The alert message instructed them to seek shelter due to an inbound ICBM threat. Even if those who contacted  Hawaii’s Civil Defense agency were told that everything’s okay and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted out that everything’s fine 12 minutes later, it took for 37 minutes for a second phone message-alert to be sent all across the state, with some Hawaiians claiming they never received the “all clear” second message.

By the time everything was announced to be an error, hundreds of terrified citizens tried to find shelter in their garages or public bomb-shelters. The state’s governor David Ige later announced the fake alert was due to human error, i.e.  an employee of Civil Defense pushed the wrong button, or something along these lines. The message received by thousands of Hawaiians on their phones reads:

‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL’.

Now, I am no expert, but I can’t really understand how exactly do you do such a thing by accident? There is absolutely no way that someone “pushed the wrong button”. There is a step by step process on broadcasting an emergency alert, not just one single button. Now, if North Korea would go on a suicide mission by launching a missile against the US, the respective missile would reach Hawaii in 20 minutes. The Pentagon would require at least 5 minutes to determine where the ICBM is going to strike, which leaves ~15 minutes to warn the general public.

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Photo: Reuters