People in Hawaii woke up to a terrifying emergency alert sent to iPhones and other devices that officials now say was sent in error.
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The emergency alert read ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.’, but fortunately was actually a mistake possibly as part of a drill despite the message claiming to be real.
The accident is clearly a massive mistake and one that requires a follow up alert to ensure people know the message was sent in error. Officials were quick to say a correction alert will follow.
As The Washington Post reported in November, sirens to warn of ballistic missile attacks were reinstated last month in response to growing concern of a potential North Korea nuclear threat. It’s possible the two are related. Starting December 1, Hawaii has begun testing those sirens on the first of each month.
Nearly 40 minutes after the initial alert, a second emergency alert has been issued that reads: “There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. Repeat. False Alarm.”
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