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mistaken missile warning panics hawaii


saturday’s false alert, sent out when a state worker “pressed the wrong button,” was a reminder of what happens when the old realities of the nuclear age collide with the speed — and the potential for error — inherent in the internet age.an emergency alert mistakenly warning of an incoming ballistic-missile attack was dispatched to cellphones across hawaii on saturday, setting off widespread panic in a state already on edge because of escalating tensions between the united states and north korea.the alert, sent by the hawaii emergency management agency, was revoked nearly 40 minutes after it was issued, prompting confusion over why it was released — and why it took so long to rescind. state officials and residents of a normally tranquil part of the pacific, and tourists swept up in the pan






false ballistic missile alert rattles hawaii


the warning read, "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill."        






hawaii sends out missile alert by mistake


image copyrighttwitterimage caption the message hawaiians saw on their phones people across the us state of hawaii received a text on saturday morning, warning of an impending missile strike. it was declared a false alarm shortly afterwards, but not before panic started to spread. "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill," read the message, all in capital letters. hawaii emergency management agency later confirmed there was no threat. in an online statement, honolulu police department said: "state warning point has issued a missile alert in error! there is no threat to the state of hawaii!" the honolulu star-advertiser said emergency officials had mistakenly sent the message out by text at 08:07 (18:07 gmt) before correcting the error by emai






hawaii officials say missile alert was a mistake


hawaii gov. david ige said he was meeting with state officials saturday morning to find out how an alert was mistakenly sent to residents warning that a ballistic missile was bound for hawaii.the missile warning, broadcast to hawaiians’ cellphones, was a false alarm.ige said he was meeting with defense and emergency management officials to not only find out how the false alarm occurred, but also to make sure it doesn't happen again."the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system," ige said.hawaii sen. brian schatz said the false alarm was caused by "human error" and was "totally inexcusable."schatz took to twitter after emergency management officials confirmed that the alert was a mistake, calling for accountability and an alert process that is foolproof.the alert warned of






hawaii dusts off nuclear attack warning siren


image copyrightreutersimage caption hawaii already tests warning sirens for natural disasters such as tsunamis the us state of hawaii has tested a nuclear attack warning siren for the first time since the end of the cold war.the resumption of the monthly tests comes amid a growing threat from north korea's missile and nuclear programme.pyongyang has tested a series of ballistic missiles and in september carried out its sixth nuclear test.hawaii, in the pacific, already has a monthly test of sirens warning of natural disasters, including tsunamis.the nuclear attack signal uses a different, wavering tone, warning residents and tourists to stay indoors and await further instructions.the last time a nuclear attack warning siren was tested in the state was in the 1980s in the final years of the






hawaii dusts off nuclear attack warning siren


image copyrightreutersimage caption hawaii already tests warning sirens for natural disasters such as tsunamis the us state of hawaii has tested a nuclear attack warning siren for the first time since the end of the cold war.the resumption of the monthly tests comes amid a growing threat from north korea's missile and nuclear programme.pyongyang has tested a series of ballistic missiles and in september carried out its sixth nuclear test.hawaii, in the pacific, already has a monthly test of sirens warning of natural disasters, including tsunamis.the nuclear attack signal uses a different, wavering tone, warning residents and tourists to stay indoors and await further instructions.the last time a nuclear attack warning siren was tested in the state was in the 1980s in the final years of the






hawaii officials say inbound ballistic missile alert was a mistake


a mobile push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic saturday was a mistake, state emergency officials said.the emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones, typed in all caps, "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill."hawaii emergency management agency spokesman richard repoza said it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened.the alert caused a tizzy on the island and across social media.jamie malapit, owner of a honolulu hair salon, texted his clients that he was cancelling their appointments and was closing his shop for the day. he said he was still in bed when the phone started going off "like crazy." he thought it was a tsunami warning at first.






n korea threat prompts hawaii nuclear siren test


image copyrightreutersimage caption hawaii already tests warning sirens for natural disasters such as tsunamis the us state of hawaii has tested a nuclear attack warning siren for the first time since the end of the cold war.the resumption of the monthly tests comes amid a growing threat from north korea's missile and nuclear programme.pyongyang has tested a series of ballistic missiles and in september carried out its sixth nuclear test.hawaii, in the pacific, already has a monthly test of sirens warning of natural disasters, including tsunamis.the nuclear attack signal uses a different, wavering tone, warning residents and tourists to stay indoors and await further instructions.the last time a nuclear attack warning siren was tested in the state was in the 1980s in the final years of the






'we made a mistake': hawaii officials apologize after false emergency missile al


a false emergency message warning hawaii residents of an incoming ballistic missile sent people scrambling in panic saturday. the alert, which was sent to cellphones and appeared on television, asked people to "seek immediate shelter" and added, “this is not a drill.” reaction quickly spread across... (jessica perez)






hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile


honolulu — a push alert that warned of ballistic missile heading straight for hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic saturday was a mistake, state emergency officials said.the emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones shortly after 8 a.m, said in all caps, "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill."hawaii emergency management agency spokesman richard repoza said it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened.the incident prompted defense agencies including the pentagon and the u.s. pacific command to issue the same statement, that they had "detected no ballistic missile threat to hawaii."michael kucharek, spokesman for the north american aerospace defense command in colorado springs, colorado, said nora






hawaii tests nuclear warning siren


the us state of hawaii has tested its nuclear warning siren for the first time since the end of the cold war.the resumption of the monthly tests comes amid a growing threat from north korea's missile and nuclear programme.pyongyang has tested a series of ballistic missiles and in september carried out its sixth nuclear test.






hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile


by audrey mcavoy and jennifer kelleherhonolulu (ap) — a push alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic saturday was issued by mistake, state emergency officials said.the emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones just before 8:10 a.m., said in all caps, “ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill.” the hawaii emergency management agency tweeted that there was no threat about 10 minutes later. but a revised push alert stating there was no threat went out sometime after that.agency spokesman richard repoza confirmed it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened.the incident prompted defense agencies including the pentagon and the u.s. pacific comman






hawaii missile-attack false alarm triggered by clicking wrong button, official s


on saturday morning, just after 8 a.m. local time, a hawaii state employee hit the wrong button on a computer during a shift change and accidentally sent an alert to many of the state’s cellphones that a ballistic missile was about to strike. for nearly 40 minutes, scores of hawaii residents thought their world was about to end.“ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii,” the alert said, in all-caps, to the island chain of about 1.4 million people. “seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill.”...






hawaii mistakenly alerts residents of inbound ballistic missile


a push alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic saturday was issued by mistake, state emergency officials said.the emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones just before 8:10 a.m., said in all caps, "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill." the hawaii emergency management agency tweeted that there was no threat about 10 minutes later. but a revised push alert stating there was no threat went out sometime after that.agency spokesman richard repoza confirmed it was a false alarm and the agency is trying to determine what happened.the incident prompted defense agencies including the pentagon and the u.s. pacific command to issue the same statement, that they had "detected






siren will wail in hawaii test for possible nuclear attack


honolulu — just days after north korea tested its most powerful missile yet, hawaii is dusting off a relic not heard on the islands since the end of the cold war.the monthly test of hawaii's siren warning system for tsunamis and other natural disasters will have an added tone when it sounds friday — one designed to alert residents of an impending nuclear attack."we believe that it is imperative that we be prepared for every disaster, and in today's world, that includes a nuclear attack," hawaii gov. david ige said, adding that the possibility is remote.ige said the new test will ensure the public knows what they should do in case of an imminent attack. if a missile is launched, residents and tourists would have less than 20 minutes to take shelter, officials said."there needs to be differe






report: most sirens worked during hawaii warning test


honolulu (ap) — a report on a hawaii siren test that drew international attention amid a north korea missile threat shows that 28 sirens statewide played the wrong sound or had other technical problems.the hawaii emergency management agency report says nearly 93 percent of the state’s 386 sirens worked properly. twelve mistakenly played an ambulance siren.hawaii re-introduced the cold war-era warning siren during a test earlier this month.spokesman richard rapoza says the agency is aware people in waikiki could barely hear it. he says all sirens in the tourist mecca functioned properly. officials plan to reposition sirens and add more.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.another test will be done on jan. 2. rapoza says there will be a longer pause between the attack-wa






hawaii emergency officials say alert of ballistic missile threat was mistake


an alert caused a panic when it went to people's cellphones saturday morning about a missile strike, but shortly after, authorities said it was a mistake. photo credit: edwin lim by the associated pressupdated january 13, 2018 3:30 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailhonolulu - a push alert that warned of a ballistic missile heading straight for hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic saturday was issued by mistake, state emergency officials said.the emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones just before 8:10 a.m., said in all caps, "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill." the hawaii emergency management agency tweeted that there was threat about 10 minutes later. but a revised push alert stating there was no thre






hawaii missile-attack false alarm triggered by clicking wrong button, official s


the false alert of a ballistic missile attack that unleashed panic across hawaii on saturday morning was triggered when a state employee accidentally hit the wrong button on a computer, a state official said. hawaii residents received an alert at 8:07 a.m. local time that read “ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill.”richard...






hawaii officials say missile alert was a mistake


a push alert that warned of an incoming ballistic missile to hawaii and sent residents into a full-blown panic saturday was a mistake, state emergency officials said.the emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones, said in all-capital letters, "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill."hawaii emergency management agency spokesman richard repoza said it was not immediately known what caused the false alarm but that the agency was trying to determine what happened.the alert set off panic among many residents, as well as across social media.jamie malapit, owner of a honolulu hair salon, texted his clients that he was canceling their appointments and closing his shop for the day. he said he was still in bed when the phone started going off "like






hawaii missile alert: false alarm sparks panic in us state


image copyrighttwitterimage caption the message hawaiians saw on their phones an incoming missile alert plunged residents of hawaii into panic on saturday morning before it was declared a false alarm.mobile phone users received a message saying: "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill."state governor david ige apologised and said it was caused by an employee pressing the wrong button. the us government announced there would be a full investigation. an alert system is in place because of the potential proximity of hawaii to north korean missiles.in december, the state tested its nuclear warning siren for the first time since the end of the cold war.media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionone man told us broadcaster cbs that h






the latest: hawaii governor says mistake can't happen again


honolulu — the latest on a missile threat mistakenly sent by hawaii officials (all times local):9:45 a.m.hawaii gov. david ige (ig'-eh) says he's meeting with officials this morning to find out what happened after an alert was mistakenly sent to residents saying a ballistic missile was inbound for hawaii.the missile threat was a false alarm.ige says he's meeting with the state defense and emergency management officials to not only find out how this could occur, but to make sure it doesn't happen again.ige says, "the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system."__9:15 a.m.hawaii sen. brian schatz says a false alarm about a missile threat was based on "human error" and was "totally inexcusable."schatz went on his twitter account after emergency management officials confirmed th






hawaii missile alert: false alarm sparks panic in us state


image copyrighttwitterimage caption the message hawaiians saw on their phones an incoming missile alert plunged residents of hawaii into panic on saturday morning before it was declared a false alarm.mobile phone users received a message saying: "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill."state governor david ige apologised and said it was caused by an employee pressing the wrong button. the us government announced there would be a full investigation. an alert system is in place because of the potential proximity of hawaii to north korean missiles.in december, the state tested its nuclear warning siren for the first time since the end of the cold war.media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionone man told us broadcaster cbs that h






the latest: faint sirens spur checks after 1st hawaii test


honolulu — the latest on hawaii's first test of a system to warn people of a possible nuclear attack from north korea (all times local):1 p.m.hawaii officials will investigate if sirens intended to warn people of a possible nuclear attack from north korea weren't loud enough after their first test.the sirens were barely heard friday in the busy tourist area of waikiki, where few people reacted when the attack warning system sounded for the first time since the cold war.officials also will check if any warning sirens didn't operate as they should.vern miyagi with the hawaii emergency management agency said early reports indicate the test went well, but the agency could get complaints later.he says 385 warning sirens are located throughout the islands. miyagi says how well someone hears them






missile defense agency: u.s. warship successfully shoots down missile in test of


it marked the second time an sm-6 missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile in a test.        






hawaii residents tweet about hiding and crying after false missile warning – la


the alert, which was sent to cellphones and appeared on television, asked people to "seek immediate shelter" and added, "this is not a drill."






hawaii's attack siren barely heard on popular tourist beach


honolulu — hawaii officials were checking if sirens intended to alert tourists and residents to a possible nuclear attack from north korea malfunctioned or were not loud enough friday after the first test of the warning system since the end of the cold war was barely heard at one of the state's most popular beaches.the sirens largely were drowned out by crashing waves and wind along waikiki, the famous stretch of beach in the shadow of the diamond head volcano. beachgoers hardly noticed the test, which sounded like a distant siren. the warning would give people 20 minutes to take shelter ahead of an imminent missile strike."i was out in the ocean playing around, and i heard this siren," said tourist tom passmore from calgary, canada, adding that he didn't think much of it."i think it's a g






hawaii revives cold war relic: test system for nuke attack


honolulu (ap) — hawaii is preparing for the possibility of a nuclear strike from north korea days after the nation tested its most powerful weapon to date.the state on friday will start testing a siren intended to warn people of an impending nuclear attack. it will be incorporated into monthly testing of the warning system for natural disasters.the attack warning will produce a different tone than the long, steady siren for tsunamis and other events. it’ll include a wailing sound in the middle to distinguish it.the test comes the same week that north korea fired a powerful nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach the u.s. mainland.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.hawaii is the closest state to north korea, and its l






‘inexcusable’ false ballistic missile alert in hawaii was caused by human error


hawaiian residents were briefly but intensely disturbed this morning by a state-wide alert via tv and phone warning of an incoming ballistic missile. it was, however, shortly afterwards confirmed to be a mistake caused by “human error.” hawaiian senator brian schatz called the false alarm “inexcusable” and said to expect “tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.”the alert went out at a little after 8 am hawaiian time, appearing on phones as an emergency services popup and broadcast on tv as a detailed warning of how to seek shelter. “this is not a drill,” it concluded.authorities quickly issued followups to calm the no doubt panicking populace, but i imagine it’s hard to do that properly when you’ve just told everyone in the state to seek shelter and lie on the floor.given the c






intercept attempt fails in missile defense test off hawaii


honolulu (ap) — the u.s. missile defense agency says it failed to intercept a ballistic missile during a test off hawaii.the agency said in a statement wednesday the failure came during a test conducted with japan’s defense ministry.the u.s. and japan are jointly developing the interceptor to shoot down medium-range ballistic missiles. the allies have been investing in technology to counter north korean missile threats.the agency says a medium-range target missile was launched from the pacific missile range facility on kauai late wednesday.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the uss john paul jones detected and tracked the missile. the ship launched the interceptor, but it failed to shoot down the target.this was the second time the u.s. military has attempted an inte






surviving missile attack alert 'nightmare,' rattled hawaii residents question wh


it was a nice morning on the big island of hawaii as kevin and pamela spitze drove to an art show in hilo when the words popped up on kevin’s cellphone screen:“ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter.”then it added for emphasis:“this is not a drill.”the spitzes, who recently moved from los angeles to hawaii’s big island, said they were in paradise but already had been living on edge given the recent inflammatory bluster between president trump and north korean leader kim jong un over nuclear annihilation.“we have such a barrage of negative stuff that has been happening that our senses have been heightened,” said pamela spitze, 64. “we thought it was the real thing. we are very concerned.”for nearly 40 nail-biting minutes, so were millions of other hawaiians and v






us warns of risk of missiles from yemen hitting saudi arabia


washington (ap) — the united states is warning americans traveling to saudi arabia about the risk of ballistic missile attacks from neighboring yemen.a new u.s. travel warning follows a houthi missile attack in early november near the international airport in the saudi capital, riyadh. the missile was intercepted. both the u.s. and saudi arabia say the houthis got the missile from iran. the houthis are shiite rebels who control much of yemen.the travel warning says several long-range missiles have been fired from yemen at major cities in the last year. it also says terrorist attacks “can occur without warning anywhere” in saudi arabia.the state department also says that u.s. government workers and their families are prohibited from traveling to the areas of qatif and hofuf in saudi arabia.






hawaii officials apologize for 'mistake' after false emergency missile alert


a false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile headed for hawaii sent the islands into a panic saturday, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cellphone alert was a mistake.hawaii officials apologized repeatedly and said the alert was sent when someone hit the wrong button during a shift change. they vowed to ensure it would never happen again."we made a mistake," said hawaii emergency management agency administrator vern miyagi.for nearly 40 minutes, it seemed like the world was about to end in hawaii, an island paradise already jittery over the threat of nuclear-tipped missiles from north korea.the emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones statewide just before 8:10 a.m., said: "ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii






us air force's newest missile-warning satellite operational and transmitting


washington — the air force's newest space based infrared system missile-warning satellite is operational and has transmitted its first images, lockheed martin said march 21. the sbirs geo flight 3 spacecraft transmitted its first images back to earth march 17, a milestone known as "first light." the images themselves are classified due to the sensitive nature of the missile-warning mission.the satellite launched jan. 20 after a several month delay to investigate a potential engine issue, though no problem was found. the transmitted images confirm the sbirs satellite reached geosynchronous orbit and is operational. [launch photos: sbirs geo-3 missile-warning satellite] "with the satellite successfully on orbit, we are now working to ensure geo flight 3 continues the outstanding performance






us air force's newest missile-warning satellite operational and transmitting


the air force's newest space based infrared system missile-warning satellite is operational and has transmitted its first images, lockheed martin said march 21.






us missiles destroy airborne target in successful defense test (video, photos)


missiles fired from a u.s. navy ship intercepted an airborne target in a successful ballistic-missile defense test off the coast of hawaii yesterday (aug. 29), u.s. military officials said. the target was a medium-range ballistic missile launched from the pacific missile range facility on kauai, hawaii. the navy destroyer uss john paul jones detected the target with its onboard radar, then took it out with standard missile-6 (sm-6) guided missiles, military officials said. "we are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone in giving our aegis bmd ships an enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their terminal phase," lt. gen. sam greaves, director of the u.s. missile defense agency, said in a statement. (aegis bmd is th






false alert of missile attack sparks panic in hawaii: 'we thought it was the rea


it was a beautiful morning on the big island of hawaii as kevin and pamela spitze drove to an art show in hilo when the alert suddenly came on kevin’s smartphone screen:“ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill.”the spitzes, who recently moved from los angeles to hawaii’s big island, said they were already living on edge in paradise because of all the recent inflammatory bluster between the united states and north korea over nuclear weapons and threats of attack.“we have such a barrage of negative stuff that has been happening that our senses have been heightened,” said pamela spitze, 64, a retired community college training program staffer. “we thought it was the real thing. we are very concerned.”for 40 nail-biting minutes, the spitzes and m






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