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False Missile Alert Sparks Panic And Confusion In US State Of Hawaii

Sun, 14th Jan 2018 10:03

WASHINGTON (Alliance News) - An alert mistakenly warning Hawaiians of an imminent ballistic missile attack - at a time the state's residents are already anxious about nuclear tensions between the US and North Korea - resulted from human error, Hawaii's governor said Saturday.

Mobile phone users received a message saying: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."

The emergency notice was triggered after an "employee pushed the wrong button" during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, Governor David Ige said. He apologized for the "pain and confusion" that resulted and said "everything" is being done to prevent a repeat.

The false warning message was sent to people's mobile devices, and was also broadcast on television and radio stations.

The US Federal Communications Commission is "launching a full investigation" into the incident, Chairman Ajit Pai said on Twitter. Federal and state lawmakers also called for a probe.

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