Panic and confusion swept Hawaii on Saturday as a mistaken alert about a ballistic missile attack spread across the Pacific US state, sending residents and tourists scrambling for shelter and questioning why an all-clear was not issued faster.
"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII", the statewide emergency alert read.
"We took shelter immediately ... in the bathtub with my children, saying our prayers", Mr LoPresti told CNN.
During a press conference in Honolulu, state Emergency Management Administrator Vern Miyagi said the alert was issued to cell phones and broadcast outlets when an employee clicked the wrong button on a computer screen during an internal test of the system.
Jessica Frick, a resident of Laie, said that it was hard to find information about whether or not the missile alert was real.More news: Institutional Investors Are Dumping Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS)
At the PGA Tour's Sony Open on Oahu, Waialae Country Club was largely empty and players were still a few hours from arriving when the alert showed up. The immature messages the current commander in chief has sent to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a ballistic missile attack on an American territory seem extremely likely.
Gabbard tweeted her message out, shortly before the military also reported that the message was a false one, but it took approximately 35 minutes before the alert was reported to be a false one.
"They were frantically working to get the cancellation message out", Miyagi said.
"Everyone was running around like, 'What do we do?'" he said.
A Beatrice mother was left frightened and confused after a ballistic missile threat was sent to cellphones across Hawaii on Saturday morning. "Barely any service. Can you send confirmed message over radio or tv", he said. Remain indoors well away from windows. There's no shelter to go to.More news: Usa, Paesi africani contro Trump: si scusi per dichiarazioni razziste
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted about 10 minutes after the initial alert that there was no threat, but it didn't reach people who aren't on Twitter.
Since the false alarm this morning, the agency has introduced two new safeguards: a two-person activation rule for both tests and missile launch notifications, in addition to an automatic cancellation command that can recall an error within seconds. Schatz said Hawaiians are happy to be safe and "everything got canceled in a very short period of time".
When it turned out to be a false alarm, people were furious. "Regardless of whether it was human error, a glitch or a hack, whatever it was, it is totally unacceptable". Hannemann said problems have been identified beyond the false alert. I've been calling his name but I can't find him, she said. "The state's emergency management system needs to do much, much better, and there needs to be better accountability". "Let's make sure this one doesn't happen again POTUS". "It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken". My voice shook as I told a group of strangers that I worked in news.
Hannemann said the incident was "embarrassing" and the state will have to work together to assure residents and visitors alike that the incident won't be repeated and that lessons were learned.
The false alarmed stirred panic across the island on Saturday. People who were just visiting Hawaii "wouldn't know where to go or what to do", Hines said.More news: Liam Neeson says there is a "witch hunt" in sexual misconduct allegations