Hawaii missile alert: False alarm sparks panic in USA state

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"All of a sudden this loud alarm like an amber alert alarm came on my phone, but I could hear it on other people's phones".

Governor David Ige was to meet with Defense Department senior officials and the state's EMA to pinpoint why the message, which was also broadcast on some local television stations, was sent.

The alerts were sent through mobile push alerts and TV alerts.

He was briefed on the incident by Deputy National Security Adviser Ricky Waddell and later by White House chief of staff John Kelly, in addition to speaking to national security adviser HR McMaster, a White House official said. "I said are we going to die?' And he shrugs and said, I don't know". "We are doing everything we can immediately to ensure it never happens again".

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Stacey Bow, 56, of Honolulu, said she received the emergency alert on her smart phone.

Ajit Pai, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), tweeted Saturday that his agency was launching a "full investigation" into the false wireless emergency alert. "It should not have happened", Mr Miyagi said.

A screen capture from the Twitter account of U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard shows a missile warning for Hawaii, the United States. on January 13, 2018.

Hospital patients were moved, for cover and many sent panicked messages to loved ones.

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Hawaiian officials held a press conference later Saturday, to talk about the human error, and how they're going to keep a similar false alarm from happeneing again.

As of Saturday evening, President Trump had yet to mention the event, but railed against "Fake News" in a tweet sent a few hours after the false alarm. "There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process". The whole state was terrified.

The second recent blunder in Hawaii's planning for a possible North Korean nuclear attack left islanders shaken after an emergency alert warning of an imminent strike sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones.

"My wife, she looked out the hallways and we're just hearing people running, we're hearing little kids crying, parents are just hustling you can tell people were like in a state of shock", Benavides said.

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"We just stayed in my daughter's home and made sure the windows were closed". "We must also do what we can to demand peace and a de-escalation with North Korea, so that warnings and sirens can become a thing of the past", Ige wrote.

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