Panic in U.S. over faux missile assault alert

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    U.S. President Donald Trump
    U.S. President Donald Trump

    There was commotion on Saturday in Hawaii, United States (U.S.), after emergency officers confirmed that an alert signifying that ballistic missile was inbound to the island, was a mistake.

    Earlier Saturday, Hawaiian residents reported receiving an emergency alert on their telephone that acknowledged: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

    House Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, tweeted in regard to the alert: “HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE.” 

    The fake alert
    The faux alert

    Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted that there was “NO missile threat” to the state. 

    The company spokesman Richard Repoza stated the alert was a false alarm. He stated the company was working to find out what occurred.

    The alert created panic for residents on the island and throughout social media. 

    Fox News’ Chad Pergram stated he spoke to 2 folks on the Kona aspect of the island who stated they had been informed to remain of their resort room and that there was a missile incoming. 

    Cdr. Dave Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, informed Fox News they’ve “detected no ballistic missile risk to Hawaii.

    Earlier message was despatched in error; state of Hawaii will ship out a correction message as quickly as potential.”

    Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted “it was a false alarm based on human error. There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalising and fool-proofing this process.”

    Schatz wrote in a separate tweet that what occurred was “totally inexcusable.” 

    “The whole state was terrified. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process,” the senator wrote. 

    The second alert despatched by Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency telling residents there was no risk arrived roughly 38 minutes after the ballistic warning risk.

    Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, tweeted that she would work to search out out what occurred.

    “Today’s alert was a false alarm,” Hirono wrote.

    “At a time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to the community is accurate. We need to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure it never happens again.”

    It was not instantly clear if President Trump has been briefed on the incident. 

    Source: Fox News

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