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False alarm sends entire state into panic

False alarm sends entire state into panic

The expert advised that if there was an area telling people to take immediate shelter the best things to do would be to hide in a building with as few windows and as many walls as possible.

Thousands of miles away, Saturday, Hawaiians were on full alert for almost 30 minutes, when a missile alert was sent by mistake. NHK and other Japanese media generally alert each missile test, and the government has issued emergency notices when the missiles flew over northern Japan.

Hawaii residents fear for life as missile alert message is mistakenly sent out IBTimes US. "Thus, the proper emergency action drill for schools is, 'Shelter-in-Place, ' Shelter-in-Place drills is one of the five annual emergency exercises practiced by schools". A second alert to cancel the harrowing alarm took almost 40 minutes to reach cell phones and televisions.

Hawaii's is only 1.4 million not counting the tens of thousands of tourists visiting the islands at any given time (many of whom may not want to return after Saturday's chaos).

Governor David Ige said the errant message was transmitted when an employee pushed a wrong button during a shift change at the state's civil defense agency.

On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the agency will be working with states to follow proper protocols when issuing safety alerts and can quickly retract incorrect alerts like Hawaii's.

The employee, believing the correct selection had been made, then went ahead and clicked "yes" when the system's computer prompt asked whether to proceed, Mr Rapoza said.

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However, it took almost 40 minutes for Hawaiian authorities to send a revised alert. It was not sent until 38 minutes after the initial alert.

On Saturday, a false alarm set off panic in Hawaii.

It appears North Korea launched a missile. The EMA has ceased running emergency drills at all for the near future, and they will require two people present to run if and when they are reinstated.

Hirono says "this had the potential for being totally catastrophic".

The FBI's Strategic Information and Operations Center, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency are monitoring the situation, a U.S. official told CNN.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz met with members of Hawaii's congressional delegation and officials from several federal agencies Wednesday to discuss the issue.

He says the state must also ensure everyone gets accurate information.


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