Hawaiians - and 'Triple Frontier' Production - Rattled by Ballistic Missile False Alarm

Emergency alerts sent Saturday to Hawaiians warning of a "ballistic missile threat" were reportedly false, officials said.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's Twitter account also said "NO missile threat to Hawaii". "I repeat, there is NO THREAT at this time".

A second emergency alert was sent to phones in Hawaii 38 minutes after the initial message confirming the false alarm. Friends and family began to message one another asking if the alert was real.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi is headed to the agency's 24-hour operations center to find out why the false alert about a ballistic missile was sent out, according to an email to CNN.

"What happened today was totally inexcusable", said Sen.

Although news of the alarm being false spread quickly, the terrifying effects are likely to last a long time.

NORAD spokesman Lt. Commander Joe Nawroo said that they were trying to establish how the serious command and control error was made. "There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process".

Hawaii News Now reported that the alert "sent people scrambling for shelters and their cars, and online for additional news". "State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible".

- Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR!

Twitter users were in a frenzy as the situation unfolded. It was the first time since the Cold War that Hawaii reinstituted the practice, and it comes as the U.S. sees heightening tensions with North Korea, which has increased its nuclear aggression in recent months.



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