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False alarm sparks panic in US state

False alarm sparks panic in US state

Florida State was in Honolulu for the Hawaii/Utah Tournament on the same day the islands received a false alarm about a missile threat.

"I was really anxious that I only had 20 more minutes. sorry, I'm trying not to cry", a tearful Madison said. "Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill", was sent to the cellphones of the state's residents.

The warning buzzed on cell phones and striped across television screens urging residents to seek immediate shelter as the missile made its way towards them.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) tweeted that there was no incoming missile.

The administrator of Hawaii's Emergency Management Administration, Vern Miyagi, told reporters that the person responsible for the erroneous message "feels terrible" about it. We did not get any other information for over 30 minutes which was of course very scary.

In a statement on Sunday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai said the error was "absolutely unacceptable". Allsop said it wasn't chaotic at her hotel, but there was a lot of confusion. "Today's alert was a false alarm", Hirono wrote.

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This smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

Hawaiian authorities have apologised after incoming missile alert caused panic among residents for nearly 40 minutes.

"We were texting love ones, saying this is what's happening, we don't know what's going on, but we love you", Natalie Longosz said.

Williams - and the whole state of Hawaii - had no idea the alert was a mistake. Hawaii officials apologised repeatedly and said the alert was sent when someone hit the live alert button instead of an internal test button during a shift change.

"I think it's time for us as a family to maybe have a plan, to make a plan that this is something that can definitely happen". Just last month Hawaii tested their nuclear attack warning sirens for the first time since the 1980s.

Florence native Kelley Choat lives in Hawaii and quickly called her mom after the message was sent out.