"The warning went out to cell phones, television and radio got the emergency alert".
According to CNN, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi is headed to the agency's 24-hour operations centre to find out why the false alert about a ballistic missile was sent out.
"If you are outdoors seek immediate shelter in a building". It wasn't until nearly 40 minutes later that a correction cancelling the false alarm was sent to mobile phones.
"There is no missile threat", Lt. Commander Joe Nawrocki told BuzzFeed News.More news: Turkey to launch imminent Syria operation against YPG
The Hawaiian Emergency Management Agency later said that it accidentally sent the alert by pushing a wrong button.
State Governor David Ige has apologised to residents of Hawaii, saying that an employee pressed the wrong button; senator Brian Schatz has also blamed "human error", saying that the mistake is "totally inexcusable".
Thankfully, it was an error and the team - and everyone else in Hawaii - survived to tell their stories. The notification said a ballistic missile threat was inbound. There is NO threat to the State of Hawaii!More news: Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE:CAH) Institutional Investor Sentiment
HollywoodLifers, were you surprised about the false ballistic missile alarm in Hawaii? Tourists and locals were just waking up as their phones buzzed with a short emergency alert.
She said there are many lessons to be learned from the mishap.
The message was sent amid heightened nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea.
World number four and 2017 PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas was one of several players who took to social media following the false alarm in Honolulu.More news: California mudslide casualties increase to 18
"I talk to officials all the time who are leery of being involved in a test because they don't want to make a mistake", says Abbott.