Emergency management officials say a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to Hawaii today was a mistake.
The emergency alert sent to mobile phones said in all caps: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
Hawaii accidentally sent out a message warning of a missile attack. This is what people saw. The Emergency Administrator tells me this is a false alarm. He’s trying to find out why it happened. #Hawaii #missile pic.twitter.com/8F2Zyotw24
— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) January 13, 2018
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Repoza said it was a false alarm.
He says the agency is trying to determine what happened.
The alert stirred panic for residents on the island and across social media.
— jjj (@vanillawaferz94) January 13, 2018
This Emergency Alert just came to all our phones in Hawaii. No other info coming out and hotel has no shelter. Really hoping it’s a false alarm, but if not – send your best vibes this way. #emergencyalert #hawaii pic.twitter.com/JNvIxjQA5p
— Cori Zarek (@corizarek) January 13, 2018
— Debbie Cowden (@thedebbiecowden) January 13, 2018
— Julia Morales (@JuliaMorales) January 13, 2018
my little sis is in Hawaii and when receiving this called my family in tears saying how much she loves us. how ya gonna send this as a TEST. the sad part is we are at a point in this world where we had no problem believing it could’ve been real. hug your family tight. #Hawaii https://t.co/fIYAu0nWcV
— mia johnson (@mia_johnson7) January 13, 2018
– AP and Digital desk