Hawaii’s scary false missile threat: Worker’s push of the ‘wrong button’ to blame

Hawaii emergency officials approved Saturday evening that an alerting about an inbound cruise missile “ve made a mistake”, which a country disaster agent attributed to someone pushing the wrong button.

Vern Miyagi, who oversees the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency( EMA ), said at a press conference late Saturday that while employees were changing shifts later on the day and doing a test of their ballistic missile prep checklist, the wrong button was pushed.

An emergency alert of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency, which was sent to the islands early Saturday morning, predict: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

Rather than prompting a test of the system, it went into actual contest procedure. He confirmed that to provoke the alarm, there is a two-step process concerning simply individual employees — who both initiations the alarm, then too corroborates it.

“There is a screen that says, ‘Are you sure you want to do this? ‘” Miyagi said. The hire confirmed the alerting, mistakenly justification a panic in a state already on edge over saber-rattling missile threats from North Korea.


Hawaii Gov. David Ige said there wasn’t a process in place to send out a message territory “that this is a false alarm.”

“You know, we were not prepared for that, the fact that an alert was supply that was incorect, ” Ige said. “So we have that improved now.”

At about 8: 07 a.m. regional go, Hawaii citizens received an emergency notify on their phone that spoke: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

At 8: 20 a.m. neighbourhood duration, Hawaii EMA tweeted that there exist “NO missile threat” to the state. Nonetheless, the tweet didn’t reaching people who aren’t on the social media platform.