Hawaii emergency officials say ballistic missile threat alert was a mistake
Hawaii emergency officials confirmed Saturday that an alert warning that a ballistic missile was inbound to the island was a mistake.
Earlier Saturday, Hawaiian citizens reported receiving an emergency alert on their phone that stated: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
House Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, tweeted in regard to the alert: “HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE.”
HAWAII - THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted that there was “NO missile threat” to the state.
NO missile threat to Hawaii.— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
Hawaii Emergency Management agency spokesman Richard Repoza said the alert was a false alarm. He said the agency was working to determine what happened.
The alert created panic for residents on the island and across social media.
BREAKING VIDEO: More footage obtained by The Anon Journal shows the Emergency Action Notification for an inbound Ballistic Missile to Hawaii being broadcast on other TV stations in Hawaii. pic.twitter.com/yXC7dqLmlv— The Anon Journal (@TheAnonJournal) January 13, 2018
Fox News' Chad Pergram said he spoke to two people on the Kona side of the island who said they were told to stay in their hotel room and that there was a missile incoming.
Greg Gutfeld, of Fox News' "The Five" and "The Greg Gutfeld Show," tweeted that his wife was at a hotel in Hawaii and called the situation "total hysteria/chaos." He added that families who were evacuating were told to "seek shelter. crying. panic."
this missile thing - wife at hotel said total hysteria/chaos. families evacuating told to seek a shelter. crying. panic. if it's an accident, or NOT - we cannot play this down. even a prankster should be put away for years.— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) January 13, 2018
Cdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, told Fox News they have "detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error. State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible."
There is no missile threat. It was a false alarm based on a human error. There is nothing more important to Hawai‘i than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 13, 2018
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted “it was a false alarm based on human error. There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process."
AGAIN FALSE ALARM. What happened today is totally inexcusable. The whole state was terrified. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 13, 2018
Schatz wrote in a separate tweet that what happened was "totally inexcusable."
"The whole state was terrified. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process," the senator wrote.Hawaii, North Korea, Nuclear Missles, Fals Alert, Emergency Management