“THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” the alert read.
by Sara Boboltz and Carla Herreria
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HuffPost) – People in Hawaii received media alerts Saturday morning warning of an approaching missile and instructing people to seek shelter, but authorities quickly declared the messages were sent in error.
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” a mobile push notification read. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
Shortly after, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and Honolulu Department of Emergency Management informed Twitter followers there was no missile threat to Hawaii.
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
— Oahu Emergency Mgmt. (@Oahu_DEM) January 13, 2018
Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell and congresspeople from the state including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) and Sens. Brian Schatz (D) and Mazie Hirono (D) all said the message was a “false alarm.”
A correction was sent to mobile phones around 30 minutes after the initial alert was sent.
“There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. False Alarm,” it read.
Authorities are reportedly investigating how the mistake was made. A request for comment from Hawaii EMA was not immediately returned.
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