Ballistic missile aimed at Hawaii triggered panic in US territory

Vastavam web: A false alert warning of a ballistic missile aimed at Hawaii today triggered panic in the US territory, forcing authorities to apologise for the “human error”, amidst fears of an attack by North Korea.At around 8.07 am local Hawaii time, an emergency alert was sent to all cell phones in caps. “Ballistic missile threat inbounds to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill”.”It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the change over of a shift, and an employee pushed the wrong button,” he was quoted as saying by CNN.

The warning went out to television and radio as well as cell phones, Ige added.Ige also tweeted that he is meeting with top defence and emergency management officials from the state “to determine what caused this morning’s false alarm and to prevent it from happening again.”Shortly after the false alarm, FCC chairman Ajit Pai said the commission was launching an investigation into what happened.Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz also took to Twitter yesterday in the wake of the false alarm.

“There is no missile threat,” the Democratic senator tweeted. “It was a false alarm based on a human error. There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process.” If a missile were launched by North Korea toward Hawaii, the 1.4 million residents of the islands would have only about 20 minutes’ notice before it hit.Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said the people of Hawaii “just got a sense of the stark reality of what a nuclear strike on Hawaii would be”.

“Over a million of Hawaii’s people were faced with the immediate reality of having 15 minutes to find a place to “take shelter,” wondering where do I go? What shelter is going to protect me & my family from a nuclear bomb? But there’s nowhere to go, nowhere to hide,” she said in a series of lengthy tweets.”Donald Trump is taking too long. Now is not the time for posturing. He must take this threat seriously and begin direct talks with North Korea, without preconditions, to de-escalate and denuclearise the Korean peninsula. There is no time to waste,” Gabbard said.

“The people of Hawaii should never have had to go through this. The people of America should not be faced with this threat right now. We need peace — not political bickering. We have to talk to North Korea and find a peaceful path to get rid of this nuclear threat,” she said.He was in a cafe on base when phones started going off around him, Pottinger said. As he was leaving, he saw people taking cover.”People were crawling under tables and hiding,” she said, “and going into buildings that looked more sturdy.”

Another citizen Jocelyn Azbell had just woken up in her Maui hotel when she was hurried into the hotel’s basement to take shelter from an incoming ballistic missile.”You’re thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, are we going to die? Is it really a missile (headed) our way, or is it just a test?'” the 24-year-old said.