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How folks reacted to the false missile threat

How folks reacted to the false missile threat

The incident could add to the Trump administration's sense of urgency about North Korea's nuclear threat.

And Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said on social media the panel would launch an investigation.

The alert, sent to mobile phones and broadcast on television and radio shortly after 8 a.m. local time, was issued amid raised tensions over North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

"False alerts undermine public confidence in the alerting system and thus reduce their effectiveness during real emergencies, " he said.

"Everyone was running around like, 'What do we do?'" he said.

Kurtz said he learned that the alert was false from a friend who contacted state Department of Defense officials.

Miyagi said he meant to produce a report about the incident by next week. Me and my mom were both just like staring at each other. "We looked at our four year old daughter sleeping peacefully", one user wrote on social platform Reddit.

"We kept quiet and calmed".

Ms Ceberano said there was no media coverage to find out what was going on. Two joggers terrified asked if they could take shelter with us.

The child can be heard saying that she didn't want to go in, before she begins to descend into the dark space.

It was later confirmed to be a false alarm, caused by a government worker pressing the wrong button.

"I thought to myself, it must be someone's last day at work or someone got extremely upset at a superior and basically did this as a practical joke", a Honolulu lawyer told the Associated Press.

North Korean President Kim Jong-un has threatened to unleash his country's growing missile weapon capability against the U.S. territory of Guam or USA states, prompting President Donald Trump to threaten tough action against Pyongyang, including "fire and fury".

"Then it started coming in from everywhere that it was false", he said.

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"I was very angry that we were put in that situation", Flanagan said. "You're going to be OK, '" Liggett said.

"There is no missile threat", the Democratic senator tweeted.

Many have been stunned by how unprepared they were.

Gov. David Ige claimed that a state employee had "pressed the wrong button" and sent the alert by accident.

"A day when many in our community thought that our worst nightmare might actually be happening".

President Donald Trump recently said that, under the right circumstances, he would be willing to speak directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, with whom he has traded sharp words over Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests.

Ige apologized for the "pain and confusion" that resulted and said "everything" is being done to prevent a repeat.

Under such a proposed system, Pai said, Americans will "take more seriously the alerts they receive on their mobile devices".

As reporters grilled officials about how could it take the employee three minutes to realize such an obvious mistake, the governor said the emergency staff only became aware of the error when the alert popped up on their phones.

Hawaiians woke up to emergency alerts on their phones today about an imminent ballistic missile attack which they later learned was a false alarm.

"We had to initiate a manual process".

"It was a procedure that occurs at the change of shift where they go through to make sure that the system, that it's working". Vern Miyagi, the agency's administrator, called it "human error".

"Again, I apologise for this".


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